11-Year-Old Evha Jannath Dies At Drayton Manor Theme Park While On A School Trip

The 11-year-old girl who died at the Drayton Manor Theme Park while on a school trip with the Jameah Academy has been named by police as Evha Jannath from Leicester.

Evha died hours after she fell out of a boat on the Splash Canyon water ride on Tuesday afternoon.

Staffordshire Police said Evha was recovered from the water and received advanced life support from ambulance crews before she was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she later died.

Drayton Manor Theme Park will remain shut on Wednesday as a mark of respect, and while investigators from the Health and Safety Executive continue their work.

The school, an integrated Islamic day school for girls, will also remain closed for the day.

According to one parent at the Jameah Academy, the girl fell from one of the boats when it hit a rock.

She said, “When the girl got up to change seats just then it hit a rock and she got knocked out of the boat and fell in the water and the water currents dragged her in.”

The parent, who asked not to be named, said the girl disappeared from view after falling from the ride.

In a statement her school said it was providing “support to pupils and staff” and asked that the girl’s family and the school community were given “time to grieve”.

Drayton Manor’s company director George Bryan, whose grandfather opened the park in the 1950s, said they were “truly shocked and devastated” by the death.

He appeared shaken as he read a statement at the park on Tuesday afternoon in which he said specially-trained staff were on the scene “immediately” after the alarm was raised.

The ride, which opened in 1993, and features up to 21 boats each with a capacity of six people, was closed following the incident.


Jameah Academy said in a statement of “deepest sadness” on its website: “As a school community we are deeply shocked and our thoughts are with our pupil’s family and friends.

“The school will ensure specially trained staff are in school to provide our pupils and staff support at this difficult time. We would request that the family and the school community are given time to grieve.

“Please be assured that the safety and wellbeing of our pupils is our foremost priority. We are liaising with the relevant authorities and therefore we are unable to provide any further information at this time.”

Keith Vaz, the Labour candidate for Leicester East where the school is located, said: “We are all shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Evha.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and relatives.”

Zainab Mohammad, whose 16-year-old sister went on the trip, said the tight-knit school community had been left devastated by the tragedy.

Speaking to reporters near the academy, the 26-year-old said: “It’s tragic. We don’t know what the cause is but what we really want is for the family to be able to grieve.

“A family member has been ripped from their family and it’s a big loss. Everybody is in utter shock, there are no words.

“I couldn’t sleep last night, thinking of this.”

Asked how her sister was coping after the death, Ms Mohammed added: “She came home, she spoke to mum and dad and she just went upstairs.

“She was devastated.

“She didn’t want to talk about it. Nobody knows what’s happened, we can’t speculate on what has happened.”

She also urged people not to speculate about the incident on Facebook and other social media.

Ms Zainab said: “The school is not very big, everybody know each other.

“It’s really sad for the kids.”

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