Major incident closes Drayton Manor theme park ride

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Police and paramedics were sent to the park, near Tamworth

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.

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An air ambulance landed at the park

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.”

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The theme park revealed in a tweet that the ride had been closed

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.”

Splash Canyon

  • 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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