An 11-year-old girl who died yesterday at Drayton Manor Park has been named as Evha Jannath.
Evha was on a school trip at the Staffordshire theme park when she fell from the Splash Canyon ride. According to reports, she fell into the water when the boat she was in hit a rock.
She was airlifted to hospital where she was sadly pronounced dead.
Evha died on what would have been her last ride before going home, one of her friends told the media.
This is not the first time a child has fallen from this ride. A mother from Rugby told the BBC how her son fell into the water from the ride four years ago. Luckily he was saved by a member of the public.
Today the family released a statement saying:
“Yesterday our world was torn apart when the news of our daughter and sister had lost her life in tragic circumstances.”
“Evha was a beautiful girl, who was full of love and always smiling. Words cannot describe the pain and loss that we feel.”
Evha’s parents Muhammad Islam and Musammath Nahar have asked for privacy so they can grieve the loss of their daughter.
Headteacher Irfana Bora said: “She was a lovely sweet natured girl, loved by everyone at the school.”
“We are trying to make sense of this terrible tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with Evha’s family at this most difficult time.”
Ms Bora said staff and pupils will be provided with specialist support.
The school which Evha attended, Jameah Girls Academy, was closed today.