Drayton Manor to be prosecuted over death of girl, 11, who fell from water ride

A popular theme park is to be prosecuted following the death of a young schoolgirl on one of its rides.

Evha Jannath, 11, died after plunging from the Splash Canyon Rapids ride while on a trip to Drayton Manor in May 2017.

She was airlifted to hospital following the incident at the Staffordshire park but could not be saved by medics.

Evha was on an organised trip with teachers and classmates from the fee-paying Jame’ah Girls Academy in Leicester.

Drayton Manor was closed for several days after the tragedy as the Health and Safety Executive inspected the ride.

A post-mortem revealed the schoolgirl, from Belgrave, Leicester, died from blunt force chest trauma and drowning.

In March police said the circumstances of Eva’s death did not meet the threshold for gross negligence or corporate manslaughter.

They closed their 22-month probe but formally handed the investigation over to the Health and Safety Executive.

The HSE announced today that theme park operator Drayton Manor Park Ltd is to be prosecuted.

It will face a charge under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act once an inquest into Evha’s death is completed.

She was on a raft with four classmates, while several teachers were on one behind, when the accident happened.

According to the brother of a girl in the same raft as her, she vanished “in an instant” after standing up to move seats.

He also claimed park staff initially did not believe her horrified friends when they tried to raise the alarm.

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