Australian theme park to shut down ride that killed four people
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.