River Rapids Tragedy: “Why didn’t you stop the ride”

The partner of Kate Goodchild yelled, “why didn’t you stop the ride” to a Dreamworld ride attendant moments after the fatal incident in 2016.

Ms Goodchild’s husband, David Turner, witnessed the collision of rafts which led to the death of Roozi Araghi, Luke Dorsett and Cindy Low.

Dreamworld Ride Supervisor Sarah Cotter told the Coronial Inquiry she arrived at the Thunder River Rapids ride to see Mr Turner yelling at staff.


Ms Cotter has joined a number of Dreamworld staff in giving evidence to the inquest.

She said the ride operator on duty failed to shut down the ride during the tragedy, which contradicts reports from last week.

“There was a raft on an angle, for it to be in that position the conveyor must still have been running through all that time,” she said.

“I don’t think it was ever stopped, or it was just jammed stopped.”

Ms Cotter, an experienced ride operator, added she thought an alarm button, which would have alerted staff to the tragedy, had not been pushing during the incident.

Earlier, Ms Cotter told the inquiry she trusted engineers who said the ride was safe to operate, despite breaking down in the hours leading up to the crash.

There were repeated pump malfunctions on October 25, 2016, and engineers told Ms Cotter that if this happened again the ride would be shut down.

Only an hour later the ride’s south water pump malfunctioned for the third time, leading to the fatal incident.