Four killed on river rapids ride at Aus­tralian theme park

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Four peo­ple were killed on Tuesday in an ac­ci­dent at a pop­u­lar theme park on Aus­tralia’s east coast, of­fi­cials said.

Two men and two women died while on a river rapids ride at Dream­world, said Miche Pater­son, a spokes­woman for the park, lo­cated on Queens­land state’s Gold Coast. She had no in­for­ma­tion on how the ac­ci­dent oc­curred. The park was closed fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, Pater­son said. “Dream­world is work­ing as quickly as pos­si­ble to es­tab­lish the facts around the in­ci­dent and is work­ing closely with emer­gency au­thor­i­ties and po­lice to do this,” the park said in a state­ment.

Aerial footage of the park showed paramedics at the Thun­der River Rapids ride, which whisks rid­ers in cir­cu­lar rafts along a fast-mov­ing, man-made river.

Queens­land po­lice said they were called to the scene fol­low­ing re­ports that sev­eral peo­ple had been in­jured by a con­veyor belt.

“This is a very sad day for our city,” Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said in a state­ment. “Our thoughts are with the fam­i­lies of those affected — and the emer­gency staff in at­ten­dance.”

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