Dreamworld employee’s emotional apology at inquest into tragedy

A Dreamworld employee has apologised to the families of the four people who died on the Thunder River Rapids ride in 2016.

Speaking at the Coronial Inquiry into the death of  Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi, Engineering Supervisor Scott Ritchie apologised for not making eye contact with the families. 

“I have to give evidence without emotion,” he said.


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“Please accept my sympathies for everything you’re going through.”

Earlier, Mr Ritchie told the court he would’ve investigated the Thunder River Rapids ride if he had known it had broken down twice on the day of the fatal incident.

The Dreamworld employee also detailed the emergency procedures around the ride, in particular how the emergency stop system worked.

The Thunder River Rapids had four emergency buttons to shut down the ride and an external report by auditors in 2013 recommended this be changed to one button.

Mr Ritchie told the court the four emergency buttons was deemed an acceptable risk.

The inquest continues.

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast.

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