Aus­tralian theme park to shut down ride that killed four peo­ple

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Syd­ney: The own­ers of Aus­tralia’s Dream­world theme park have an­nounced they will de­mol­ish the wa­ter ride where four peo­ple were killed last month. Two of the vic­tims were thrown from a raft at the Thun­der River Rapids ride and two oth­ers were trapped in­side. Ar­dent Leisure said de­com­mis­sion­ing the ride was “the only re­spect­ful and ap­pro­pri­ate course of ac­tion”. Dream­world, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, has been closed since the tragedy on Oc­to­ber 25. The firm says it will not re­open un­til an in­de­pen­dent safety re­view has been com­pleted. Friends and fam­ily have paid trib­ute to all four vic­tims over the past week at a se­ries of fu­neral cer­e­monies.

Kate Good­child, 32, died along­side brother Luke Dorsett, 35, his part­ner, Roozbeh Araghi, 38, and Cindy Low, 42. “Out of re­spect for the mem­o­ries of Cindy Low, Roozbeh Araghi, Kate Good­child and Luke Dorsett, and their deeply af­fected fam­i­lies, the ride will be per­ma­nently de­com­mis­sioned,” the com­pany said in a state­ment. The com­pany also in­dicted that the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies would be in­vited to help cre­ate a “fit­ting and per­ma­nent” memo­rial.

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