Aus­tralia theme park to de­mol­ish death ride

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN Aus­tralian theme park will de­mol­ish a wa­ter ride that killed four peo­ple, and or­dered an in­de­pen­dent safety re­view of all its at­trac­tions.

Two women and two men died when rafts on the Thun­der River Rapids ride at the hugely pop­u­lar Dream­world tourist at­trac­tion on the Gold Coast col­lided on Oc­to­ber 25.

Ar­dent Leisure, which owns the theme park and came in for crit­i­cism for the way it han­dled the tragedy, said the ride would be shut down.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Deb­o­rah Thomas said that a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial was planned, with in­put from the fam­i­lies of the dead.

Po­lice wrapped up their in­ves­ti­ga­tions ear­lier this week and handed back con­trol of the park to man­age­ment, but Dream­world is yet to an­nounce when it will re­open.

In the af­ter­math of the ac­ci­dent, the Aus­tralian Work­ers Union said it had voiced con­cerns about the op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of some equip­ment at Dream­world last year, while me­dia reported al­leged safety mishaps.

Dream­world is con­duct­ing its own in­ter­nal re­view of what went wrong and an­nounced a fully in­de­pen­dent ex­ter­nal probe of all its rides and op­er­at­ing sys­tems by a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing firm.

The park, Aus­tralia’s big­gest, has hosted 30 mil­lion peo­ple since open­ing in 1981 and last month’s dis­as­ter was its first fa­tal ac­ci­dent. –

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