Jurors give decision on death of Leicester girl at theme park

An inquest into the death of an 11-year-old, who drowned when she fell from a theme park ride, has concluded that she died accidentally.

Evha Jannath was on a school trip in May 2017 when she fell from the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor.

The schoolgirl could not swim and was unsupervised on the ride when she was “propelled” into the deep water when she stood up.

She was pronounced dead in hospital later the same day.

Her death will lead to a letter being sent to all theme parks warning them about the importance of monitoring young people on theme park rides.

The inquest heard that despite rules that riders should sit down on the ride, Evha was standing up and reaching into the water.

As she did this, the circular boat she was in struck a barrier, sending her headfirst into the water. CCTV showed her wading back towards her friends before climbing an “algae-covered travelator” and then falling off into a “much deeper” section of water.

She was spotted face down by staff about 11 minutes later before her lifeless body was retrieved.

Evha fell during her second turn on the ride – on her first ride she had been accompanied by teachers.

Jurors were told the emergency stop button for the rapids ride was not pressed for 10 minutes after staff were informed a child was in the water.

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