Drayton Manor ride fall death investigations continue

Michele Moreno
May 13, 2017

Merlin Entertainments, the owner of United Kingdom theme parks such as Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, says it's on track to reopen its water rapids rides after the death of an 11-year old girl at rival Drayton Manor earlier this week.

Theme parks across the country have closed rapid water rides after the death of a girl during a school trip.

The ride, which opened in 1993, is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

But the popular Splash Canyon ride which claimed Evha Jannath's life will remain closed.

The family said their "world was torn apart" following Evha's death.

Jonathan Hughes, vice-chair of the Staffordshire Branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, said the HSE will be talking to staff, contractors and manufacturers of the ride to see how it operated.

Drayton Manor has not yet announced when the park, in Tamworth, Staffordshire, will reopen and Staffordshire Police could not confirm how long the force would remain at the scene.

She added: "The awful incident on Tuesday has left a family grieving and we continue to offer our deepest thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Evha Jannath".

The force said it anticipated that a post-mortem examination will take place on Monday.

"We have full confidence in the safety of all the rides we operate, but as a precautionary measure, rapid rides at relevant parks will be closed until more details of the incident become available", the spokesperson said.

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