Drayton Manor theme park owners fined £1m after girl, 11, died on rapids ride

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The operators of Drayton Manor theme park have been fined £1 million for safety failings which led to the death of an 11-year-old girl.

Evha Jannath, from Leicester, was on the Splash Canyon rapids ride on May 9, 2017, when she was "propelled" into the water.

The tragic youngster had been on an end-of-year trip with friends from Jameah Girls Academy.

Lawyers from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought a prosecution against the park for not properly ensuring the safety of its guests, accusing operators of overseeing "systemic failures of safety" on the river rapids ride.

Sentencing Drayton Manor Theme Parks Ltd at Stafford Crown Court on Thursday, Mr Justice Spencer said: "This was an utterly tragic waste of a young life."

Bosses of the popular theme park, in Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, had admitted breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

James Puzey, representing HSE, told the court of the "devastating impact" on Evha's family.

He also told the court of a case in 2013 where 10-year-old Patrick Treacy fell into the Splash Canyon and had to be rescued by a member of the public.

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