May 11, 2017

Drayton Manor death: Rapids rides closed at theme parks

Rapid water rides at theme parks across the country remain closed after a girl fell from one of the attractions. Drayton Manor said it would remain closed on Friday for health and safety investigations. A spokesperson said that on learning of Tuesday's fatal fall at Drayton Manor, Merlin Entertainments shut the rides "With immediate effect" on a "Precautionary basis". Including Lightwater Valley, in North Yorkshire, and West Midland Safari Park, have not closed rides in response to the death at Drayton Manor. The death at Drayton Manor is thought to be the first at a UK theme park since 2004, when a 16-year-old girl fell from the Hydro ride at Oakwood theme park near Tenby, west Wales.

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