Leicester girl unsupervised on ride before she drowned

Evha Jannath died after falling in the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor

An inquest into the death of a Leicester school girl has found she was unsupervised whilst on a ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park.

Evha Jannath, 11, was on a school trip in 2017 when she fell from the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor.

The inquest was told Evha did not know how to swim and was “propelled” from the ride into the deep water when she stood up.

She was rushed to hospital by air ambulance but she died of chest injuries sustained in the accident.

An inquest being heard at South Staffordshire Coroner’s Court said Evha stood up on the ride “at the worst possible time”.

CCTV footage taken from the theme park showed that despite rules that riders should sit down, Evha was standing and reaching into the water. As she did this, the circular boat she was in struck a barrier, sending her headfirst into the water.

The jury was then showed images of Evha struggling through the water trying to get back to her friends before climbing an “algae-covered travelator” and falling off into a “much deeper” area of water.

Staff from the theme park found the schoolgirl eleven minutes after the incident. The inquest heard she was spotted face down and was pulled out lifeless by staff.

The Splash Canyon ride has been closed since Evha fell in May 2017.

The inquest into her death is expected to last two weeks. To keep up with all the latest news, please like our Facebook Page or join our Leicestershire Breaking News group.