An 11-year-old girl died in accident at the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor theme park

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An air ambulance airlifted her to a hospital nearby quickly after accident but she passed away at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. “On arrival, crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff,” a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said. The park remained closed Wednesday “as a mark of respect to the family.” It was not yet known what exactly happened but the ride is similar to one in the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland, Australia, on which four people died in October of last year. The ride in the UK, which opened in 1993, features up to 21 boats, each with up to six people in. Hundreds gathered for evening prayers at Jame Majid Mosque to pay tribute to the 11-year-old girl. The girl’s school, Jameah Academy, said in a statement: “Parents/guardians will be aware that pupils and staff of Jameah Academy, based in Leicester, went on a school trip to Drayton Manor Park on Tuesday 9th May 2017.

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