Drayton Manor theme park ride closes after ‘girl falls into water’ | UK news

A ride at Drayton Manor theme park has been closed after someone reportedly fell into water.

The park near Tamworth said there had been an incident on the Splash Canyon ride on Tuesday afternoon.

Staffordshire police said a girl, believed to be 11 and from the Leicester area, had been airlifted to Birmingham Children’s hospital.

West Midlands ambulance service said: “[We were] called to reports of a patient in the water at Drayton Manor, Tamworth, at 2.18pm.

“An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid-response paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands air ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene. The first resource was on scene within seven minutes.”

Drayton Manor said: “The Splash Canyon ride has been closed following an incident. Emergency services are at the scene and our fully trained park staff are assisting.”

Staffordshire Fire

We’re in attendance at @Draytonmanor assisting colleagues from @StaffsPolice @OFFICIALWMAS with an ongoing incident. https://t.co/GOyQrOWZsC

May 9, 2017

According to the park’s website, Splash Canyon is a fast-paced river rapid ride, where riders speed through the water in a dinghy. The minimum height required to go on the ride is 0.9 metres (3ft) and anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult.

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