Drayton Manor death: CCTV shows girl, 11, falling from water ride

An inquest into the death of a schoolgirl at Drayton Manor theme park has been shown CCTV footage of her falling from a ride.

Evha Jannath was on a school trip to the Staffordshire theme park in May 2017 when she drowned after falling off the Splash Canyon ride.

Footage shown to the jury showed the 11-year-old and four other children boarding a six-seater circular dinghy.

Image: The Splash Canyon ride a few days before the accident

Towards the end Evha, who was unable to swim, can be seen standing up briefly before she is propelled into the water.

She can then be seen trying to make her way through the water towards the end of the ride.


The inquest heard how schoolmates were shouting back towards Evha, while a member of the public who was standing at the ride course's barrier a few feet above told her to "stop" where she was.

The schoolgirl then tried to climb the travellator that carries the dinghies up to the end of the ride, but fell into a pool of water described as being around 12ft (3.65m) deep.

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Eleven minutes after park staff were alerted to Evha originally going into the water, the girl was spotted "face down".

It was another six minutes before staff were able to pull her out, when she was described as "lifeless".

She was given CPR at the scene and then taken by medics in an air ambulance to Birmingham Children's Hospital, where she later died.

A pathologist told the inquest the cause of her death was drowning.

The jury heard the school trip had been organised by the Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester as a reward to pupils for good behaviour and hard work.

Evha Jannath was from Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester
Image: Evha Jannath was a pupil at Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester

Evha had gone on the ride around half an hour earlier, accompanied by the teacher in charge of her.

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