Aus­tralia big­gest theme park re-opens without killer ride

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Aus­tralia’s big­gest theme park re­opened qui­etly yes­ter­day without the water ride that killed four peo­ple and faces de­mo­li­tion. Two women and two men died on the Thun­der River Rapids at­trac­tion at the once hugely pop­u­lar Dream­world tourist re­sort on the Gold Coast on Oc­to­ber 25. Owner Ar­dent Leisure, which came in for heavy crit­i­cism for the way it han­dled the tragedy af­ter try­ing to re­open be­fore the fu­ner­als, has de­com­mis­sioned Thun­der River.

But the park’s nine big thrill spills re­mained closed Saturday as safety in­spec­tions con­tinue, leav­ing only fam­ily rides op­er­at­ing. “Our hearts and thoughts re­main firmly with the fam­i­lies who lost loved ones in the tragic ac­ci­dent,” said chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig David­son. “Ev­ery sin­gle at­trac­tion open to­day has been passed by an un­prece­dented multi-level safety re­view,” he told re­porters. “We would like to in­vite the com­mu­nity back through our doors,” @Dream­world_AU tweeted. —AFP

GOLD COAST: This file photo taken on Oc­to­ber 26, 2016 shows Dream­world CEO Craig David­son lay­ing flow­ers at a makeshift flo­ral trib­ute at the Dream­world theme park on the Gold Coast, a day af­ter four peo­ple were killed on a mal­func­tion­ing park ride. — AFP

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