Tragic Evha Jannath, 11, fell off the Splash Canyon attraction and ‘was dragged under the water by the currents’, according to witnesses, while on a school trip on Tuesday. Young Evha, from Leicester, lost her life after being rushed to hospital by air ambulance.
Yesterday Thorpe Park in Surrey announced that its Rumba Rapids ride – which is similar to Drayton Manor’s Splash Canyon – will no longer be in operation. It said it was closing it “as a precaution” – until more is known “about yesterday’s events”.
Health and Safety Executive officers are continuing their investigation into the death of Evha – as the whole of Drayton Manor in Staffordshire remains closed to the public. Her family issued a statement this morning saying: “Yesterday our world was torn apart by the news that our daughter and sister Evha, had lost her life in tragic circumstances, following a school trip to Drayton Manor Park. Evha was a beautiful little girl who was full of love and always smiling.”