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Girl airlifted to hospital after falling from water ride at Drayton Manor Park

A child has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a water ride at Drayton Manor Park.

The theme park posted on social media that the Splash Canyon ride had been closed following “an incident”.

Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe from Staffordshire Police said: “We were called at 2.25pm to reports that a child had fallen from a water ride at Drayton Manor Park.

“The girl, believed to be aged 11 and from the Leicester area, has been airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Her parents have been informed and are being supported by officers.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it had been called to reports of “a patient in the water” at the theme park.

On its website, the theme park describes the ride – which opened in 1993 – as “the most unpredictable and thrilling of river rapid rides”.

A spokesperson for Drayton Manor said: “Splash Canyon has been closed following an incident this afternoon. Emergency services and our fully trained park staff are assisting.”

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