Children ‘fortunate to survive’ deadly accident at theme park
Police say boy and girl were thrown clear after raft overturned and killed four adults
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.”