Drayton Manor to be prosecuted over girl's death on Splash Canyon water ride

17 October 2019, 19:56 | Updated: 17 October 2019, 20:27

The operator of Drayton Manor theme park is being prosecuted following the death of an 11-year-old girl who fell from a water ride.

Evha Jannath suffered fatal chest injuries after the incident on the Splash Canyon ride in Staffordshire in May 2017.

More than two years after her death, Drayton Manor Park Ltd will face a charge under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The criminal proceedings are set to take place after an inquest into the child's death due to be held later this year, the Health and Safety Executive said.

Evha had visited the theme park as part of a school trip from Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester before the tragic incident.

She died at Birmingham Children's Hospital after being rescued from the water by theme park staff.

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, who has accompanied family members to previous pre-inquest hearings, said: "Both I and the family have noted the decision of the Health and Safety Executive.

"With this decision, which we warmly welcome, and the inquest beginning on November 4, justice will finally be done for little Evha and her family.

"The family is still heartbroken."

The Splash Canyon ride is described on the theme park's website as a "fast-paced river rapid ride" and has been closed since Evha's death.