Dreamworld Website Shows The Ride Was Meant To Be Closed
More details are continuing to emerge surround the horrific accident that has claimed the lives of Roozbeh Araghi, 38, Luke Dorsett, 35, Kate Goodchild, 32 and an as yet unidentified woman.
It has been confirmed that the incident occurred after a ‘malfunction’ on the Thunder River Rapids, a family ride that sends tubes down rapids of speeds of up to 45km/h, which caused one of the cars to flip over a large conveyor belt.
Since the incident occurred, it has been revealed that the ride was due to be shut down for scheduled ‘annual maintenance’ on Tuesday, October 25, the day of the accident, and then reopen six days later once it had been given the green light.
Source: Pedestrian TV
The text is now no longer on the website and instead now reads ‘dates currently not available".
Theme park guests have spoken of problems with the ride earlier that day, telling Nine News ‘We were waiting there for about half an hour and engineers had to come. They drained all the water out and then had to refill it back up, and then we were allowed to go. But, yeah, we were stuck there for about 30-40 minutes at least.
When asked about the issues at the press conference following the incident, Police could not answer, saying ‘I’m not aware, but that will be part of the investigation, and that will be one of the aspects we will be looking at.’
Dreamworld has said that the text on their website was an automated message ‘’ which appeared as a result of the ride being closed down immediately after the incident,”.
The theme park has also claimed the rides annual safety audit, conducted by an independent workplace health and safety engineer was "undertaken three days ago, and a certification was issued."