Drayton Manor death: Park to be prosecuted for schoolgirl death
A Health and Safety Executive prosecution is being brought following the death of an 11-year-old girl at Drayton Manor Park.
Evha Jannath, from Leicester, was on a school trip when she fell from the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor theme park on 9 May 2017. She died after being struck by a boat as she tried to get out of the water.
Drayton Manor Park Ltd of Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire will face a charge under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act.
The criminal proceedings have not yet commenced, because an inquest into Evha’s death needs to take place first. The inquest is due to be heard in November 2019.
The South Staffordshire Coroner’s office said the cause of death was “blunt force chest trauma”.
A statement released at the time in the incident, by Drayton Manor Director, George Bryan, read: “We are all shocked and devastated and our thoughts are with her family and friends and this tremendously difficult time.”
Following Evha’s death, a mother claimed she warned Drayton Manor about the dangers of Splash Canyon back in 2013, after her ten-year old son fell on the same ride.
Vikki Treacy’s son left his seat as the boat hit the side of the ride, causing him to topple into the water. He was unable to return to the boat on his own – struggling for grip – and was pulled to safety by someone else in the boat. “Had there been another boat close it could have crushed him. He was very lucky”, she said.
Evha’s death came less than a year after Merlin Entertainments were fined £5m for rollercoaster crash on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers, which left five people seriously injured.
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