Staffordshire Police said that Evha Jannath, who was at the park on a trip with her Leicester school, Jameah Girls Academy, fell from the ride and was rescued from the water by park staff just after 2:20 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
“On arrival, crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff,” a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said in a statement. “Ambulance staff administered advanced life support before she was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en-route.”
Jannath died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
According to police, a full Health and Safety Executive investigation is now underway at the park, and Jannath’s family is being supported by “specially trained officers.”
“We would ask everyone to respect the family’s right to grieve in private during this extremely difficult time,” Staffordshire police said.
Drayton Manor also issued a statemnet on Facebook, saying, “Our staff were alerted that an 11-year-old girl had entered the water.”
“Trained park staff were immediately on the scene attending to the patient and West Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and air lifted her to the hospital,” the park said. “We are all shocked and devastated and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time.”
Drayton Manor was closed on Wednesday out of respect to the family, park officials said.
Erfana Bora, the headteacher at Jameah Girls Academy, called Jannath “a lovely, sweet-natured girl and well-loved by all at our school,” in a statement.
“As a school and a community, we are trying to make sense of this terrible tragedy,” Bora said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Evha’s family at this most difficult time. We will be providing specialist support for our pupils and staff and we ask to be given the time and space to come to terms with our huge loss.”
According to the academy’s website, Jameah Girls is an independent Islamic school for students in year three to eleven.