Drayton Manor accident: Girl dies after tragedy on Splash Canyon ride

children at the park

An 11-year-old girl has died after falling off a ride at the Drayton Manor theme park. Emergency services were called following a “serious incident” on the Splash Canyon ride at the popular theme park in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

The girl was pulled form the water and airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. West Midlands Ambulance Service has now confirmed the girl died form her injuries.

The incident resulted in the ride, which as a minimum height restriction of 0.9 metres (2ft, 9ins), being closed. The girl was said to have been on a school trip at the time and her parents have been informed.

Girl, 11, seriously injured after 'falling from Splash Canyon ride' at Drayton Manor theme park

George Bryan, director of Drayton Manor Theme Park, said he is “truly shocked and devastated” by the girl’s death.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “An 11-year-old girl has died following an incident at Drayton Manor Theme Park this afternoon [9 May].

“West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a patient who had fallen into water at 2.18pm.

“An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid response paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, were sent to the scene. The first resource was on scene within seven minutes.

Police at the scene after reports of a person in the water

“On arrival, crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced life support before the girl was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en-route.

“Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased.

area view of the park

Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Specially-trained officers are supporting the girl’s family at this difficult time. Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends following this tragic incident.”

Police added the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been informed of the incident.

Death Toll to 6 In Kenyan Hospital Wall Collapse

At least six people, including four children, were killed in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa today after a hospital wall collapsed under heavy rain, officials said.

“Among the dead are four children aged between 5 and 15, and their mother. The other is a man who is a local businessman,” said Lucas Ogara, a police chief in the city.

The six who died were inside neighbouring houses which were crushed as the wall fell. Red cross officials dug through muddy rubble amid the rainfall for possible remaining survivors, witnesses said

Corps Member Returning From Nightclub Killed In Abuja


The life of a 25-year-old corps member, Charity Thilza, has been brought to an abrupt end three days to the completion of her National Youth Service Corps programme in Abuja.

The Borno State indigene was killed by some robbers along Wuse 2 Road while she was returning home from a nightclub in Carribean, Wuse 2, around 3am on Monday.

The ‘passing-out parade,’ which marked the completion of her one-year programme, was held Thursday (today). She studied Linguistics and English at the University of Maiduguri.

Punch Metro  learnt that Thilza and four friends, identified simply as Lola, Bisi, Pooja (an Indian) and a man had attended a show at the club, where a hip hop artiste, Chibuzor Azubuike, popularly called Phyno, performed on Sunday. They were said to be returning home from the party in a car the following day when the robbers gave them a chase.

The assailants reportedly shot at the car repeatedly and some of the bullets pierced through the windscreen and hit Thilza, who was sitting at the back. One of the friends, Lola, was said to have also sustained gunshot injuries.

Punch learnt that the robbers retreated when they noticed that the driver of the car was heading towards a police station.

Thilza’s close friend, Thlama Bukar, said she was rushed to a hospital, but was rejected. She said she died on the way to another hospital that she was referred to.

Bukar, who spoke with Punch Metro on the telephone, said she was together with Thilza until Friday, when she (Bukar) returned to Maiduguri, Borno State, where she lives.

She said, “Phyno performed at the Carribean (the club) on Sunday. They were coming back home around 3am on Monday when they noticed that a car was trailing them.

They took a detour, but  the car continued following them. The driver of their car started speeding and the robbers opened fire on the car. Unfortunately, some of the bullets hit Thilza from the back of the car.

“Five persons went for the party. One of them is a man, but I don’t know his name. I learnt Lola was also hit by the bullets and has been admitted to a hospital. The incident was reported to the police.

“Thilza lived in Zone 6, Wuse 2, and served at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Abuja. She clocked 25 years in January. Her corpse will be brought to Maiduguri on Thursday (today).

Her father is late. Presently, her mother is not talking; she is very distraught. She was the first child of the family. She has four young siblings.”

Bukar said Thilza had planned to join the NSCDC after the service, adding that her death was a big loss to the family.

She said, “She was a kind and simple person. I left her and other friends in Abuja on Friday. They accompanied me to the airport when I was returning to Maiduguri. She told me she wanted to join the NSCDC.”

Friends of the deceased on Facebook have also expressed shock over her death, extending their condolences to her family.

One Monsurat Abdulrasaq wrote, “Oh, Charity! Our souls are full of pains on hearing of your unfair demise.

This got to me like a swift wind. May God comfort your entire family at this tough time. May God bring you comfort. Amen.”

A colleague, Jabal Gadzama, wrote on Thilza’s timeline that they met a few days ago.

“Please, can someone explain what happened to me? I was with her last week during the biometric for our NYSC final clearance. Please, just tell me it is not true,” she said.

The spokesperson for the NYSC, Federal Capital Territory, Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe, said the corps was making efforts to ensure the release of the corpse for burial.

She said, “The victim was our member with code number, FCT/15a/5295. She was supposed to pass out on Thursday (today). We learnt she and her friends went clubbing.

“When they were coming back around 3am in a flashy car, armed robbers trailed them. When they could not get them, they shot at the car and the bullets hit her.

“They tried rushing her to the National Hospital, Abuja, but she died on the way. The family members are in Abuja with the NYSC coordinator. The corpse is with the police. Possibly, it will be released for burial tomorrow (Thursday).”

 The police spokesperson, FCT Command, ASP Anjuguri Mensah, said he was on a course and promised to send the number of his deputy to our correspondent for comments on the incident. He had, however, yet to send the number as of press time.

Auto-Crash: Two persons confirmed dead, eight Injured In Sango

Auto crash in sango

The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed that two persons died, while eight others sustained injuries in an accident along the Ilo-Awela Road in Sango-Ota, Ogun State today.

The Unit Commander of the FRSC in Ogun, Mr. Adekunle Oguntoyinbo, made the confirmation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Sango-Ota.

He said the accident was caused by brake failure at about 8.20 a.m. Oguntoyinbo said the incident involved two buses, one of which was a commercial bus.

He stated, “The brake of the commercial bus failed and it crashed into another bus at the toll gate, resulting in the death of two persons and injuring eight others.

“The bodies of the dead have been deposited at the morgue of the Ota General Hospital in Sango-Ota, while the injured persons are receiving treatment in the same hospital.”

Oguntoyinbo counseled motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in good condition before putting them on the road.


SOMALIA: Public Works Minister Killed In Attack

somalia minister killed

Somalia’s Public Works Minister Abdullahi Sheikh Abas has been killed after an attack on his convoy in the capital, Mogadishu. He was shot in his car near the presidential palace.

Mr Abas was a former refugee who grew up in Dadaab camp in Kenya, home to hundreds of thousands of Somalis who fled drought and civil war.

He became the country’s youngest MP last November, aged 31, when he defeated a former minister.

Much of Somalia is still under the control of Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

Best-Selling Author, Jean Stein commits suicide at the age of 83

Best-Selling Author, Jean Stein commits suicide at the age of 83

Author, Jean Stein who wrote best-selling oral histories has died in New York City at the age of 83. Authorities say Stein killed herself by jumping from the penthouse floor of a building in upper Manhattan on Sunday and was pronounced dead at the scene. Until her death, Stein was a former editor at the Paris Review.

Best-Selling Author, Jean Stein commits suicide at the age of 83

A spokesperson at Random House, which published her most recent book, the well-received West of Eden: An American Place, issued the shortest of statements in response: ‘Random House is deeply saddened by the death of Jean Stein.’

Best-Selling Author, Jean Stein commits suicide at the age of 83

THAILAND TRAGEDY: 8-year-old teenager found in a canal near his parents’ house

THAILAND TRAGEDY: 8-year-old teenager found in a canal near his parents' house

An eight-year-old boy was found dead in a canal near his parents’ rented house in Samut Prakan province, Thailand on Monday morning, May 1.

The body of the boy identified as Tawan Faramee was found in Klong Bang Sao Thong in tambon district, at about 7.30am.

His father Chainarong Faramee, 42, notified police on Sunday evening that he had disappeared. He said his son normally stayed with relatives in Mukdahan but was living with him during the school holidays.

Chainarong said his son left the house after being upset by his mother. He and his wife thought the boy would return after calming down but when he had not returned by Sunday evening, he notified police. Neighbours spotted the on Monday morning.

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THAILAND TRAGEDY: 8-year-old teenager found in a canal near his parents' house

THAILAND TRAGEDY: 8-year-old teenager found in a canal near his parents' house

THAILAND TRAGEDY: 8-year-old teenager found in a canal near his parents' house

THAILAND TRAGEDY: 8-year-old teenager found in a canal near his parents' house

THAILAND TRAGEDY: 8-year-old teenager found in a canal near his parents' house

THAILAND TRAGEDY: 8-year-old teenager found in a canal near his parents' house