The Newsroom recounts the facts of the tragic accident at Dreamworld on Tuesday afternoon that resulted in the deaths of four people.
Police are currently investigating the cause of the accident on the Thunder River Rapids ride that saw four adults, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low lose their lives. It is believed poor maintenance of the ride caused the incident where one of the rafts flipped over after hitting another while travelling on a conveyor belt, crushing and drowning the occupants in the process. Two children were lucky to escape after being flung off the raft as it tipped over.
Several witnesses claim that the ride in question was closed down for maintenance earlier that day but reopened before the accident happened. There were also claims that the ride was meant to be closed down for maintenance for several days. The Australian Workers Union had previously slammed the park for poor maintenance standards.
People have begun laying flowers outside of the amusement park in memory of the deceased.
There has been an outpouring of support on social media for the families of those affected with few criticising the park.
Brad Thompson pointed to an earlier Facebook review from Tracey Christensen (below) that highlighted safety concerns at the park. “I don’t see how you can say you are deeply shocked after reading this review from 3 weeks ago, this lady pointed out safety issues and now 4 people have sadly been killed, I personal believe your park should be closed whilst a full investigation is conducted because what this lady wrote is scary and yet you failed to address these issues,” he wrote.
This Dreamworld review two weeks ago… pic.twitter.com/xYScrznNIU
— Good Sir Knight (@BrigadierSlog) October 25, 2016
Kom’ron Joel Spargo posted: “They probably should have shut the ride at midday when there was issues with the ride, my boyfriend and I who were lined up waiting to get on board had to leave and everyone who was already on their rafts had to get off the ride and it was then briefly shut. Such a horrible incident RIP to the 4 people who lost their lives today and my heart goes out to the families affected. Hold your loved ones close tonight everyone! ❤”
Kayler Clarke posted: “All I am reading is people judging who is at fault, accidents unfortunately happen.. No one knows what exactly happened unless you were there and seen it with your own eyes.. Quit your judgement and have a heart for those who passed away and there families and also the staff.”
Ange Oliver wrote: “Please respect anyone you know who works at dreamworld too they are not allowed to talk about the incident and would be in shock..and traumatised just wait for the investigations to happen and the coronial findings to be released … My thoughts are with my dreamworld family x”
Andii Lou was also at Dreamworld on Wednesday: “Our thoughts to the staff and families of those affected. We were so impressed by the staff and of the way they conducted themselves. We rode the river rapids at 10:30am. Our condolences to the families.”
Politicians have also shown their solidarity with the victims:
I was lucky enough to have been raised with Roozi Araghi. He was a caring, gentle and sweet soul. Australia worse for the loss. pic.twitter.com/GxrnKlEHio
— Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) October 26, 2016
I'm very saddened by the tragedy at Dreamworld today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families. https://t.co/FGF9vsrB1s
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) October 25, 2016
If you’ve been impacted by the tragedy at Dreamworld, pls talk to someone. Lifeline has set up a dedicated number on 1800 543 354.
— AnnastaciaPalaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) October 26, 2016
Heartbreaking news from Dreamworld. Sending our love to the families of those who lost their lives in this devastating tragedy.
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) October 25, 2016
The police investigation is set to continue for several days. – Matt Buchanan
Top photos of accident victims Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and “Roozi” Araghi from Facebook.