An 11-year-old girl has died after falling from a rapids ride at Drayton Manor theme park.
The Splash Canyon attraction was shut today after the girl, who was on a school trip, fell into the water.
Staffordshire Police said the victim, believed to be from the Leicester area, was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital at about 14:20 BST.
She was confirmed dead shortly after arrival at hospital.
The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.
Drayton Manor have released the following statement about today’s events:
“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.”
Following today’s tragic events, Drayton Manor Theme Park will be closed on Wednesday 10th May as a mark of respect to the family. pic.twitter.com/lajTvTxFHX
— Drayton Manor (@Draytonmanor) 9 May 2017
Five people were seriously injured in a collision on the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers, also in Staffordshire, in June 2015.
The death at Drayton Manor is thought to be the first at a UK theme park since 2004, when a 16-year-old girl fell from the Hydro ride at Oakwood theme park near Tenby, west Wales.