Drayton Manor warned of ride danger 4 years ago
Following the death of schoolgirl, Evha Jannath, a mother has claimed she warned Drayton Manor about the dangers of Splash Canyon 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.
It’s believed that Evha Jannath may also have fallen into the water after getting out of her seat and then hit her head. Her post-mortem examination is expected to take place on Monday 15 May 2017.
Signs, announcements and staff at Drayton Manor state that visitors must remain seated at all times.
After her son’s incident four years ago, Vikki Treacy brought the issue to the attention of a manager in the park, who apparently dismissed her concerns. According to her, the manager’s version of events was, ‘You’re not supposed to stand on the ride, and from our CCTV it looks like your child was standing’.
She also claimed ‘if they had reviewed and improved the safety of the ride when I complained perhaps this little girl would still be alive.’
Drayton Manor remains closed today, Friday 12 May, for the third consecutive day, while the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) investigates Tuesday’s incident. On the park’s Facebook page, a member of the public asked whether the theme park would be open as usual this weekend, to which Drayton Manor replied that they couldn’t give an update and they ask for patience at this time.
The incident comes less than two years after Merlin Entertainment’s Alton Towers saw five people seriously injured on a ride.
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