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Merlin Entertainments, the owner of UK theme parks such as Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, says it’s on track to reopen its water rapids rides after the death of an 11-year old girl at rival Drayton Manor earlier this week.

On Friday, a spokesman for Merlin said:

On hearing of the tragic events at Drayton Manor on Tuesday, we felt it prudent to temporarily close rapids rides at our parks in the UK and in Europe as a precaution.

Safety is our number one priority and after conducting a further detailed review of our safety measures and after liaising with the Health & Safety Executive, we are confident in being able to open the rapids rides at relevant parks today.

Drayton Manor has been closed on health and safety grounds since the accident involving a young girl on the Splash Canyon ride.

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