Dreamworld officially charged over River Rapids tragedy

 

UPDATE: DREAMWORLD parent company Ardent Leisure has confirmed three charges have been laid against the company in Brisbane Magistrates Court. 

The charges, filed by the Queensland Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, carry a maximum penalty of $1.5 million each, the company said in an ASX announcement. 

The announcement said considerable change had taken place at the theme park since the tragic deaths in 2016. 

Roozbeh Araghi, Luke Dorsett, Kate Goodchild and Cindy Low were all killed in the Thunder River Rapids Ride on October 25, 2016.

Kate's daughter Ebony was also the ride when it malfunctioned but was saved by her uncle Luke. Cindy's son Kieran also survived. 

In today's statement, The Board of Ardent Leisure apologised to the families and friends of the victims.

"Dreamworld has taken substantive and proactive steps to improve safety across the entire park," the statement said. 

The charges are due to be mentioned in Southport Magistrates Court on July 29.

READ MORE: How the Thunder River Rapids Ride took four lives in just seven seconds.

 

EARLIER; DREAMWORLD'S parent company Ardent Leisure is expected to be charged today over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids tragedy that killed four people.

It is reported that the independent prosecutor appointed by the Office of Workplace Health and Safety after this year's coronial inquest has concluded his assessment.

Authorities investigating the tragedy on Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids ride. Picture: Dan Peled
Authorities investigating the tragedy on Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids ride. Picture: Dan Peled

Families of the victims will this morning be informed of the outcome and charges are expected to be laid later today.

Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low died on the Thunder River Rapids ride.

A six-week inquest which wrapped up in December 2018 heard testimony from dozens of witnesses ranging from emergency services personnel to Dreamworld staff, but no family members took the witness stand.

 

 

Findings were handed in February this year with Dreamworld's parent company Ardent Leisure referred to the Office of Industrial Relations.

Queensland Coroner James McDougall handed down a scathing 300-page findings into the tragedy where he labelled Dreamworld's actions a 'total failure' and the hazards on the Thunder River Rapids ride posed 'significant risk' to patrons.

He said there had been a "systemic failure by Dreamworld to ensure all aspects of safety" and referred Ardent Leisure Limited to the Office of Industrial Relations (OIR).

 

 

Originally published as Dreamworld to be charged over River Rapids tragedy


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