DISASTERS

British girl dies after falling off water ride at UK theme park

An 11-year-old girl died Tuesday after she fell off a water ride at a British theme park, police said.

It happened at the Drayton Manor theme park in Tamworth, Staffordshire. “On arrival crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff,” West Midlands Ambulance Service told the BBC. “Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at the hospital the girl passed away.”

It wasn't clear exactly how far she fell. The ride, Splash Canyon, was closed after she fell, the park said in a Facebook post.

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The girl was airlifted to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Staffordshire Police said.

“Specially-trained officers are supporting the girl’s family at this difficult time,” said Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe of the Staffordshire Police.

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The Splash Canyon rapids ride opened in 1993 and is described as a fast excursion with twists and turns, according to the park’s website. Each boat on the attraction holds six seats. To ride, a guest must be taller than 2.9 feet and anyone shorter than 3.6 feet must be accompanied by an adult.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident, according to the Guardian.