Rapids Ride Tragedy: Ride had a history of malfunctions

Update @ 2.15 PM: A ride dubbed one of the Nation’s most popular has been found to have had a history of malfunctions before it took the lives of four people in 2016.

The Coronial Inquest into the Thunder River Rapids Ride tragedy has heard there were multiple incidents on the ride in the lead up to the deadly accident on October 25, 2016.

Counsel Assisting Ken Fleming QC revealed a particularly chilling incident 2001, where several empty rafts collided at the unloading point of the ride.


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“I shudder when I think if there had been guests on that ride,” said Fleming, quoting an email from a Dreamworld staffer.

This incident is remarkably similar to the one which claimed the life of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi in 2016.

The inquiry also heard there had been multiple malfunctions of the ride in the lead up to the deadly 2016 accident, including two on the day the four people lost their lives.

The first incident was just before midday, then a second incident just after 1:00 PM.

The first malfunction was attended by engineers, the second was simply reset.

There was to be a more substantial investigation the day after the tragedy, on October 26.

The inquiry will last for two weeks and will interview 37 witnesses.

Additional reporting by Mitchell Van Homrigh.

Earlier @ 7.00 AM: A CORONIAL inquest into the tragic deaths of four people at Dreamworld two years ago is set to begin on the Gold Coast today.

Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi were all killed when the Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned in October 2016.

The four passengers were killed almost instantly from “compressive and crushing injuries”, when their raft collided with an empty vessel and flipped.

Ms Goodchild’s 12-year-old daughter and Ms Low’s 10-year-old son were also on the raft but managed to escape.

It’s understood the inquest will investigate the circumstances and cause of the tragedy, as well as maintenance, staff training, construction and maintenance of the ride.

Several people, including leading investigators and witnesses are expected to give evidence.

The inquest is likely to run for several weeks before breaking and recommencing later in the year.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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