LONDON May 9 A girl was airlifted to hospital
after she fell into water at a theme park in central England on
Tuesday, emergency services said.
Paramedics and firefighters were called after the
11-year-old was reported to have fallen into the water at the
Splash Canyon ride at the family-owned Drayton Manor park in
Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe from Staffordshire Police said
the girl, believed to be from Leicester, central England, had
been airlifted to hospital. There was no information about her
Ratcliffe said the girl's parents had been informed along
with the Health and Safety Executive.
"The Splash Canyon ride has been closed following an
incident this afternoon. Emergency services are at the scene and
our fully trained park staff are assisting," Drayton Manor said
in a statement.
Last year Merlin Entertainments, the world's second-biggest
visitor attractions group behind Walt Disney, pleaded guilty to
breaching health and safety laws over a rollercoaster crash at
its Alton Towers theme park that seriously injured five people
Merlin, which blamed the accident on human error, was fined
five million pounds for the crash which led to two victims
requiring leg amputations.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)