FOLLOWING yesterday’s tragic incident at Drayton Manor theme park, Police can now confirm that the 11-year-old school girl who lost her life has been named as Evha Jannath from Leicester.
Evha sadly died after falling from a water ride at the theme park. She was recovered from the water by staff at the park and received advanced life support from ambulance crews before she was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she later passed away.
Evha was at the park as part of a school trip with the Jameah Girls Academy.
A Health and Safety Executive investigation has now begun with the full support of Staffordshire Police.
The family of Evha are being supported by specially trained officers at this time.
Drayton Manor Park will remain closed to the public today as a mark of respect.
Supt Carl Ratcliffe, of Staffordshire police, said specially trained officers were supporting the girl’s family. “Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends following this tragic incident,” he added.
One of Drayton Manor’s director’s, George Bryan, said staff were immediately on the scene after the girl fell in. Clearly in shock and fighting back tears, Mr Bryan said:
“Further to the police statement which has been issued to yourself and your colleagues a few moments ago, it is with great sadness that we have to report that a young girl has passed away at Birmingham Children’s Hospital following an incident at one of our rides this afternoon.
“Our staff were alerted that an 11-year-old girl had entered the water.
“Trained park staff were immediately on the scene attending to the patient and West Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and airlifted her to hospital.
“We are truly shocked and devastated, and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time.”
The girl’s school, Jameah Academy, said in a statement: “Parents/guardians will be aware that pupils and staff of Jameah Academy, based in Leicester, went on a school trip to Drayton Manor Park on Tuesday 9th May 2017.
“Whilst at the theme park, an incident took place and a girl from year 6 had been airlifted to hospital. Sadly, she later passed away.
“We are liaising with the relevant authorities at this time. Please be assured that the safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils is a priority.
“We would also request that the family as well as the school community be given the time to grieve.”
Philip Atkins, the leader of Staffordshire county council, said: “It is absolutely sad and shocking news to hear how a day of adventure has ended in such tragedy for this young girl, and our thoughts are very much with her family and friends this evening.
“I know the Bryan family will be absolutely devastated by this accident and will undoubtedly do all they can to help find out how this tragic accident occurred.”
Drayton Manor – which includes a Thomas the Tank Engine-themed area – opened in 1949 and is the UK’s fifth most popular theme park. The park as a very good safety record.
We would ask everyone to respect the family’s right to grieve in private during this extremely difficult time.
Our thoughts are with the girls family, friends and everyone involved in the incident at this sad time.