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Dreamworld tragedy: Australia Deeply Shocked

Four people have been killed in a tragic incident at Dreamworld, Australia.

Siblings Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett lost their lives on the Thunder River Rapids ride, along with Luke’s partner, Roozi Araghi.

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Photo: Facebook

A fourth member of the family who is yet to be named was also killed when their six-person water-raft crashed into its own conveyor belt and then flipped.

Photo: Dan Peled
Photo: Dan Peled

Although original reports said no New Zealander had died, NZME reported that the fourth person was a Kiwi and was originally from Kawerau, near Rotorua.

Queensland Ambulance Service acting senior operations supervisor, Gavin Fuller, said two people were ejected from the ride and the other two got caught in it.

“They were assessed by Queensland Ambulance personnel and had all sustained injuries that were incompatible with living,” he said.

Two women lining up for the ride around 2pm said they heard screams.

“We saw a little girl screaming for her mum, it was scary,” one woman told 7 news.

“We believe she was on the ride, I don’t believe she was in the same raft, but we do understand from what she said it was her family involved and she was screaming for her mother,” another woman said.

A male witness told Nine News there were kids screaming while their mum was trapped under the ride.

Two New Zealand women on a Gold Coast holiday said the ride was out of action earlier that day as it had broken down.

Kayla Walker and her mother Lisa Walker had left the ride 10 minutes prior to the accident.

“It had broken down and we went back a couple times to this particular ride,” Lisa Walker said.

Police confirmed the horror accident was caught on CCTV as investigations into the disaster commenced.

Gold Coast Inspector, Tod Reid said police would remain onsite for a significant amount of time to assist in both the investigation and the recovery of the four bodies.

Dreamworld has closed down since the accident.

Chief executive, Craig Davidson said: “Dreamworld is working closely with police and emergency services and authorities to establish the facts around the incident, we are deeply shocked and saddened by this and our hearts and thoughts go to the families involved and to their loved ones.”

Finlay Robertson
Finlay is a 20-year-old music lover from Wellington who has recently made the decision to take on Auckland City and pursue her dreams. Her passion for writing and broadcast has led to her studies at the NZ Radio Training School.
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