Merlin Entertainments parks reopen rapids rides

Rumba Rapids, Thorpe Park

Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Legoland Windsor have today reopened their water rapids rides following the death of a girl on a similar attraction at Drayton Manor.

At Alton Towers, new signage instructing riders to “hold on at all times” and “not stand up” is visible in the boats of the Congo River Rapids.

Life ring-type buoyancy aids have been added around the ride’s periphery, and according to the enthusiast website TowersStreet, additional staff in lookout roles.

11-year-old Evha Jannath was killed at Drayton Manor on Tuesday when she fell into the Splash Canyon’s water channel in circumstances not yet confirmed.

Uncle Abdul Habdi was quoted in the Daily Mirror as saying: “We just don’t know anything at the moment.

The Rumba Rapids and Vikings’ River Splash rides were also today reopened at Thorpe Park and Legoland Windsor.