Girl, 11, airlifted to hospital after plunging from water ride

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An 11-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a water ride in a theme park.

Staffordshire Police confirmed the girl was hurt after she fell from the Splash Canyon water ride at Tamworth-based Drayton Manor Theme Park on Tuesday afternoon.

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

"The girl, believed to be 11-years-old from the Leicester area, has been airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

"Her parents have been informed and are being supported by officers.

"The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have been informed of the incident."

The ride was closed following the incident.