06/08/2012 08:50 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mum Dies From Heart Attack After Maelstrom Ride At Drayton Manor

Mums dies from heart attack after 'stomach churning' Maelstrom ride at Drayton Manor Alamy

A mum died after suffering a heart attack just moments after getting off a white-knuckle theme park ride.

Carla Knight, who was 42, had been enjoying a day out at Drayton Manor theme park in Tamworth, Staffordshire, when she rode the 'Maelstrom' gyro swing, which hoists passengers 22 metres up in the air and spins them around.

Despite attempts from first-aiders at the park, an off-duty doctor, and paramedics who raced to her aid, Mrs Knight passed away at the scene, shortly after coming off the ride.

The Maelstrom - which carries health warnings - is described by the theme park as 'stomach churning'. It remained closed after the tragedy, whilst checks were carried out, but re-opened when police established there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mrs Knight's death.

The park's managing director Colin Bryan issued a statement confirming Mrs Knight had passed away at Drayton Manor, and offered his condolences to her family:

"On Friday, a woman aged 42 was at the park enjoying a day out when sadly, having left the Maelstrom ride, she passed away after having a cardiac arrest," he said, "The on-site first aid team and all emergency services acted quickly as well as an off-duty doctor who assisted immediately.

"Our wishes and thoughts are with her family and friends at this devastating time."

Mrs Knight, from Leicester, had two children, one of whom wrote on her Facebook last night:
"RIP Momma I Love You."

What a terrible thing to happen to this poor family. Our thoughts are with them.