Girl, 11, dies after falling from theme park water ride

Police at Drayton Manor Theme Park
Police at Drayton Manor Theme Park

An 11-year-old girl who fell from a water ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park has died, Staffordshire Police said.

The girl, who is from the Leicester area, fell from the Splash Canyon water ride at Tamworth-based Drayton Manor Theme Park on Tuesday afternoon.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "On arrival, crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff.

"Ambulance staff administered advanced life support before she was flown to Birmingham Children's Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en-route.

"Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital the girl passed away."

Police superintendent Carl Ratcliffe said: "Specially-trained officers are supporting the girl's family at this difficult time. Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends following this tragic incident."

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

The ride was closed following the incident.

The theme park's website states the ride, which opened in 1993, features up to 21 boats, each with up to six people in.