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UK Theme Parks Shut Water Rides After Drayton Manor Death

Posted: 14/06/2017

British theme parks including Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Legoland have all closed their water rides indefinitely after an 11-year-old girl – who was on a school trip to Drayton Manor – was thrown from her boat and killed.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the police are now investigating the incident, which took place last month (9th May), the Daily Mail reports.

Drayton Manor itself has been closed since the incident and remains closed as of 11th May, amid claims that the park has been accused of disbelieving people who said the girl was still in the water. Another mother has since come forward to say that her son was thrown from the same ride a few years ago.

A spokesman from Drayton Manor was quoted by the news source as saying: “The tragic events on Tuesday have shaken the whole Drayton Manor family from the Board through to staff and visitors. We would like to extend our thanks to the emergency services for everything they did yesterday. The park will be closed on Thursday, to allow the Health and Safety Executive to complete their work. Our thoughts are with the family and all those who have been affected by Tuesday's incident.”

The HSE recently published revised guidance on what the Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks Joint Advisory Committee on Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks says are the appropriate safe measures for this particular industry to adopt so they remain compliant with the law. It covers risk management, the promotion of a sensible approach to safety and the safety of employers, employees and members of the general public.

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