Chil­dren ‘for­tu­nate to sur­vive’ deadly ac­ci­dent at theme park

Po­lice say boy and girl were thrown clear after raft over­turned and killed four adults

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Sydney

Two chil­dren are for­tu­nate to be alive after they were thrown clear and sur­vived an ac­ci­dent that killed their mothers and two other peo­ple on a river rapids ride at a pop­u­lar theme park in Aus­tralia, po­lice said onWed­nes­day.

Two men and two women died in the ac­ci­dent on Tues­day at the Dream­world park on Queens­land state’s Gold Coast, Queens­land Po­lice As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­erBri­anCodd­said.

The 30-year-old Thun­der River Rapids ride whisks peo­ple in cir­cu­lar rafts along a fast-mov­ing, man-made river, with a con­veyor belt help­ing move the rafts through the wa­ter. Closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion footage showed the ride wasend­ing­whentwo rafts col­lided, Codd said.

A 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were thrown clear as the six-per­son raft over­turned and trapped the adults against the con­veyor belt, he said.

“In terms of how they es­caped, maybe through the prov­i­dence of God or some­body, but it seems from what I’ve seen al­most a mir­a­cle that any­body came out of that,” Codd said. “If we’re go­ing to be thank­ful for any­thing, I’m thank­ful for that.”

The chil­dren had been trau­ma­tized and were be­ing cared for by fam­ily, he said.

It seems from what I’ve seen al­most a mir­a­cle that any­body came out of that.”

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