Park vic­tim’s hus­band hits out

The West Australian - - NEWS -

The hus­band of one of the tourists killed in the Dream­world Thun­der River Rapids tragedy has crit­i­cised the theme park’s man­age­ment, as the har­row­ing in­quest fi­nally draws to a close.

Af­ter more than six weeks of hear­ings spread over nearly six months, the in­quest into the 2016 tragedy that claimed the lives of Kate Good­child, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low fin­ished abruptly yesterday.

After­wards, Mathew Low is­sued a state­ment crit­i­cis­ing Dream­world over the “sense­less” death of his wife, Cindy.

“It is still un­fath­omable as to why Dream­world hasn’t moved to over­haul their safety prac­tices, poli­cies and stan­dards to date,” he said.

“Noth­ing sig­nif­i­cant has changed since the im­me­di­ate wake of the tragedy.”

Ear­lier, Coro­ner James McDougall said he ap­pre­ci­ated the fam­i­lies had to sit through har­row­ing tes­ti­mony, in which a cat­a­logue of short­falls and fail­ures by the theme park was laid bare.

It is be­lieved fam­i­lies could re­ceive mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar com­pen­sa­tion pay­outs from Dream­world and par­ent com­pany Ar­dent Leisure.

Ar­dent chair­man Gary Weiss said it was com­mit­ted to do­ing what­ever it took to en­sure a tragedy like the Thun­der River Rapids dis­as­ter never hap­pened again.

Mr McDougall does not have the power to lay crim­i­nal charges but could rec­om­mend the case be re­ferred back to the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions. Jeremy Pierce

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