Leicester schoolgirl Evha Jannath drowned on the Splash Canyon ride (Image: BPM MEDIA)
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A "constellation of failures" led to the death of an 11-year-old schoolgirl who fell from a ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park, a court has heard.
Evha Jannath drowned after she was “propelled” from the Splash Canyon ride at the Staffordshire attraction on May 9, 2017.
She suffered chest injuries and was pronounced dead at Birmingham Children's Hospital less than two hours later.
The incident came during an end-of-year school trip with staff and classmates from Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester.
The theme park's former owner, Drayton Manor Park Ltd – which is now in administration – has been charged under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.
Ben Mills, prosecuting at Cannock Magistrates' Court today said: “Evha Jannath’s death occurred at Drayton Manor Theme Park.
The Splash Canyon Ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park [file pic]
“She had gone there as part of a school trip. She was a group of five girls, riding a boat on the Splash Canyon rapid ride.
“During the course of the journey she fell into the water.
“The boat struck a wooden deflector panel which jolted her into the water. She wasn't seen by a member of staff, but by a member of the public who raised the alarm.
"Her friends also sought to raise the alarm. It’s evident from CCTV that she was able to wade around the course for some distance.
“She is on camera for a little under a minute.
"The accident was caused by a constellation of different failures."
Aerial view of the Splash Canyon attraction after the ride
The case was committed to Stafford Crown Court on a date yet to be determined.
Since the incident, Drayton Manor Park Ltd has gone into administration, the court heard.
The theme park, near Tamworth, was sold to the Looping Group in August.
Last November, an inquest jury at Stafford Coroner's Court concluded that Evha's death was accidental.