Girl, 11, Dies on Theme Park Water Ride

Witnesses say she stood up on water ride
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2017 4:46 AM CDT
Girl, 11, Dies on Theme Park Water Ride
Water rides and slides at Drayton Manor Theme Park.   (Wikimedia Commons/Steve Daniel)

Police in Britain are investigating the tragic death of an 11-year-old girl on a water ride at the Drayton Manor theme park. Officials at the park say the girl, who was on a school trip, was fatally injured when she fell from the Splash Canyon ride on Tuesday afternoon, CNN reports. The ride, which is billed as featuring "fast-flowing rapids," has 21 boats with a capacity of six riders each, reports the BBC.

Witnesses say Evha Jannath, who was on her last ride of the day, stood up to change seats and fell in after the boat hit a rock. A classmate tells the Telegraph that Evha almost missed the trip after turning up in the wrong clothes, but she was allowed to borrow an acceptable outfit from the school. (More theme park stories.)

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