Drayton Manor to reopen but water ride remains shut

Evha Jannath died after falling from the Splash Canyon ride.

An 11-year-old girl has died after falling from a water ride in a United Kingdom theme park, family members and authorities said.

While the park will open on Saturday, the ride will remain shut along with ones that overlook it as a mark respect to her family, officials said.

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Evha Jannath was on a school trip when she allegedly tried to switch seats with another student when she fell from a circular boat on Splash Canyon at Drayton Manor.

Three water rides operated by Merlin Entertainments sites - Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Legoland Windsor - were closed as a precautionary measure in the wake of the incident but reopened on Friday.

The statement read: "The bad incident on Tuesday has left a family grieving and we continue to offer our deepest thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Evha Jannath".

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The Splash Canyon ride, which opened in 1993 and features up to 21 boats each with a capacity of six people, promises "a wild ride" with "fast-flowing rapids". She was pulled from the water and rushed to a hospital, where she died.

The theme park has remained closed since the mid-afternoon tragedy for health and safety investigations.

Her family described Evha as a "beautiful little girl who was full of love and always smiling" in a statement released through police.

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