Schoolgirl death at Drayton Manor ‘accidental’, inquest finds

The death of a schoolgirl who fell from a water ride at Drayton Manor theme park was accidental, an inquest has ruled.

Evha Jannath, 11, died after she was "propelled" from a six-seater dinghy on the Splash Canyon ride in May 2017 during a school trip from Jameah Girls' Academy in Leicester.

A jury of three men and seven women found Evha died an "accidental death" after considering its conclusions for about five hours on Monday.

Image: The girl fell off the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor

The inquest had previously heard the schoolgirl had been repeatedly standing up and "reaching into the water", against the rules of the ride, before the circular boat hit a barrier, sending her head-first into the water.

Stafford Coroner's Court was told the emergency stop button for the ride was not pressed after she fell.


Safety measures on the ride, including the CCTV screens being difficult to see and the legibility of safety signs on the boats telling customers to stay in their seats, had been discussed three weeks before the girl drowned, the inquest heard.

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