On what was every parents’ worst nightmare, on the morning of 9 May 2017, we sent Evha, who had only just turned 11, on what should have been a fun school trip with her friends to Drayton Manor Theme Park. She never came home.
We entrusted Evha’s care and safety to the School and to Drayton Manor.
It has become apparent that Evha was not supervised on the Splash Canyon Ride as it went down the rapids. Teachers were on a different boat, a long way back and while Drayton Manor said the ride was supervised from the CCTV cabin, no member of staff saw Evha fall into the water. Tragically it was 10 minutes before any member of staff found Evha in the water.
We have been very upset to learn that Drayton Manor had no life-saving equipment on the ride and no one knew how to rescue Evha.
We would like to thank the Coroner for the recommendations she is making as to the safety of this and similar rides in the hope that no other family will have to go through what we have had to endure.
We miss our daughter, sister and niece every day. Evha was a bright and happy young girl who had great hopes for the future. Sadly, we will not be able to see her realise her dreams.