Drayton Manor reopening after fatality

Shockwave, Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor is to reopen on Saturday, four days after an 11-year-old girl died after falling from a water ride at the theme park.

Evha Jannath, visiting the Tamworth attraction as part of a school trip on Tuesday, was killed when she fell from a boat on the Splash Canyon ride.

A statement released by Drayton Manor this evening read: “The terrible incident on Tuesday has left a family grieving and we continue to offer our deepest thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Evha Jannath.

“Whilst the HSE and police authority carry on with their important work, we will reopen Drayton Manor Park on Saturday 13th May.

“We continue to offer support to all those affected, including colleagues, and will provide all necessary assistance to the relevant authorities.”

The statement added that the Splash Canyon attraction would not reopen “at this time”.

Merlin Entertainments today reopened similar rapids rides at three of its UK theme parks, following two days of closures as a “precautionary” measure.