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Girl (11), dies in horror fall from theme park ride

By PA Reporters

An 11-year-old girl on a school trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park has died after falling from one of the rides.

The girl, who is from the Leicester area, fell from the Splash Canyon water ride at the Tamworth-based theme park on Tuesday afternoon.

Reading a statement from the park, a visibly shaken company director George Bryan said: "We are all truly shocked and devastated, and our thoughts are with the family and friends at this tremendously difficult time."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said crews arrived on the scene and discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff.

The spokesman added: "Ambulance staff administered advanced life support before she was flown to Birmingham Children's Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en route. Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital the girl passed away."

The site will be closed on Wednesday as a "mark of respect to the family", Drayton Manor said.

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