A ride at Drayton Manor theme park has been closed following a major incident.
The park said Splash Canyon was shut on Tuesday due to reports of someone falling into the water.
Staffordshire Police said a girl, believed to be 11 years old and from the Leicester area, was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the park at 14:18 BST. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.
Supt Carl Ratcliffe, from Staffordshire Police, said: “We were called at 2.25pm this afternoon to reports that a child had fallen from a water ride at Drayton Manor Park.”
The girl’s parents have been informed and are being supported by officers, he added.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid response paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.
“The first resource was on scene within seven minutes.”
The theme park added: “The Splash Canyon ride has been closed following an incident this afternoon. Emergency services are at the scene and our fully trained park staff are assisting.”
- The ride opened in 1993
- It is described as a river rapids ride on circular boats
- It comprises 21 boats with a maximum capacity of six people per boat
- There is a height restriction. You must be taller than 90cms (2.9ft) to ride and anyone shorter than 1.1m (3.6ft) must be accompanied by an adult
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