Families tell Dreamworld operator they ‘don’t blame’ him for tragedy

The families of the victims of the Dreamworld tragedy have told a senior ride operator they don’t blame him for the accident that claimed the lives of their loved ones.

Peter Nemeth has been giving evidence for a second day as the inquest tries to piece together how and why Cindy Low, Luke Dorsett, Kate Goodchild and Roozi Araghi died on the ride in 2016.

Steven Whybrow, the barrister representing the family of Ms Goodchild and Mr Dorsett addressed Mr Nemeth before his cross-examination.


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“As far as they are concerned I have been instructed to tell you that they don’t hold you in the least bit responsible for what happened that day, do you understand that?” Mr Whybrow said.

Mr Nemeth has conceded he has provided different accounts to multiple parties about what happened on October 25, and says he has “very little recollection” of the day.

Today, questions focused around whether the ride operator pressed the emergency stop button before calling in to report the incident.

Yesterday, a Police investigator testified that a matter of seconds could have made a difference to the extent of the injuries suffered by the four victims, and possibly saved their lives.

In the stand today, Mr Nemeth was asked if had pressed the wrong button in a panic, to which he responded: “I can’t comment on that”.

Mr Nemeth also shed light on the safety training and procedures that staff had to undertake.

He explained that the ride operators were never taught first aid or CPR, and documents tabled in court revealed the first aid kit at the Thunder River Rapids ride had not been properly stocked in the week leading up to the incident.

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