Australia - 4 people dead on Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids ride, Gold Coast, 2016

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  1. Tssiemer

    Tssiemer Well-Known Member

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    I'm still having a hard time understanding how the first raft got stuck. In theory shouldn't it have pushed it?


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  2. gregjrichards

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    Thank you this helps to understand what happened it is just horrific.

    I'm glad it isn't opening an extremely thorough investigation has to happen ASAP and all the rides at the park looked at.
     
  3. Hatfield

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    Ahhhhh. So it wasnt the water pressure like I thought that pushed the raft onto the stationary raft. It was the conveyor belt.

    Thanks for the pictures as it is clear to me now.

    What is hard for people to understand is the back edge of the raft is what ended up going straight down into the water before it flipped . So it basically was doing a backflip.

    Front edge goes up and over raft in front and back edge goes down into water as the raft does a backflip.

    That conveyor belt must have been very forceful.

    If only the stuck raft was not sitting there then this would not have happened. As soon as the pump failed then the ride conveyor belts should have had a safety switch to stop the conveyors. What a disaster.
     
  4. symbah

    symbah Well-Known Member

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    This report says that the two children were thrown into the water.

    http://www.areanews.com.au/story/42...ney-mother-die-in-dreamworld-tragedy/?cs=2452
    Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said the two children, aged 10 and 12, were thrown into the water but survived.
     
  5. TootsieFootsie

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    I saw a report yesterday that said when the raft tipped over, the two children bobbed up but the adults were not seen again. Oh and that was shown on the cctv.
    Also said that the girl swam to safety.
     
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    gregjrichards Well-Known Member

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    "A scaffolder employed by Dreamworld has been slammed for his insensitive Facebook posts he shared just hours after four tourists died on a ride.

    Four people tragically lost their lives on the Thunder River Rapids ride just after 2pm on Tuesday and hours later Benn Rattray uploaded a picture of the ride with the caption: 'Oops I knew I forgot something'.

    'On a positive note. At least they died having fun,' he wrote.

    Mr Rattray's Facebook friend commented on the post saying they knew the victims and 'was not laughing'."

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...pids-ride-tragedy-Facebook.html#ixzz4OKhD644b

    He needs to be fired with immediate effect. What a disgusting vile comment to post.
     
  7. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Yes, totally disgusting, cruel, uncaring, insensitive, crass.....what a jacka$$. SMH
     
  8. Tssiemer

    Tssiemer Well-Known Member

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    Classy, right there.


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  9. symbah

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    Yep, some people's words are way beyond inappropriate! :notgood:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-27/radio-station-under-fire-for-dreamworld-joke/7972734
    Dreamworld tragedy: Hobart radio presenter Anna Dare suspended, station sorry for off-colour joke
    The comments came during the 7HO FM breakfast program's secret sound segment.When the crunching sound was played on air, presenter Anna Dare asked: "It's not getting stuck in a conveyer belt at a theme park is it … too soon?"
    Her co-presenter Mick Newell groaned, prompting Ms Dare to respond: "That's what it sounds like to me when I first heard it, that's the first thing I thought of, I don't like it, it's just a yucky sound."
    The station's owner Grant Broadcasters confirmed in a statement the presenter had been suspended.
     
  10. Safeguard

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    Thanks. It must be harder to envision with all the water drained. I also read about one of the women's husband "diving" in to try and get to his wife, but also couldn't see how that took place.

    I've never seen the ride before, so was using Disney's Kali River Rapids to try and work it out in my mind, and I just see so many opportunities missed, so I know I must not be *getting* it right here..

    For instance, now it seems as if the raft did flip completely over, but the illustration did not show that part? Also, if the kids went under and resurfaced, why were the adults not able to do the same? Yes the adults were caught in the works, but how were the children able to free themselves?

    At Kali there are a ton of staff dedicated help people exit the raft, how was it that no one saw that raft as a potential problem. Did they just assume the raft behind it would push it out of the way? There are a number of reports of past incidences of rafts tipping over on this ride.

    I also read staff was attempting to help the victims while waiting for aid to arrive, what were they able/trying to do?
     
  11. CARIIS

    CARIIS Spelling Bee Winner - Kindergarden!

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    My sense is it was all about angles - if it would have hit the other stuck one like where the rubber was I think it would have moved. But the one with them on it was at an angle and "higher" up so it hit the rigid chairs instead of the rubber part. jmo
     
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    It did (posted earlier - the sensor did not go off it was busted- with all the water level stuff you would think someone would have noticed that the sensor was not working
     
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    Lots of good questions. Wanted to piggy back on the bolded part.

    "Did they just assume the raft behind it would push it out of the way?"

    I think that is what probably mostly happens whenever there is any sort of backup of rafts so I dont think anyone realized the danger of having that empty raft sitting in the way.

    What really bugs me though is the minute the pump failed then those darn conveyor belts should be automatically stopped. The whole ride is too archaic and should have automatic safety mechanisms built into it like the shutoff of conveyor belts.

    Because what if there was no water in a spot and a raft came crashing into an empty section then it would be just as bad as what happened or worse.
     
  15. gregjrichards

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    "Embattled Dreamworld boss Deborah Thomas has finally visited the park as she apologised for her poor handling of the tragedy that claimed four people's lives.

    Ms Thomas - CEO of Ardent Leisure, which owns Dreamworld - fought back tears as she arrived at the Gold Coast park and said she had tried to 'do the right thing'.

    The under-fire chief executive visited a floral tribute to Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozbeh Araghi and Cindy Low, who died three days ago when a malfunction on the Thunder Rapids ride caused their raft to flip.

    Her visit came after she donated her $167,500 cash bonus to the Australian Red Cross, meaning she earned less this year than her predecessor in the role - who did not work a single day."

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...visits-Dreamworld-memorial.html#ixzz4OLpxQLpL
     
  16. Hatfield

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    Thanks Cariis. I somehow missed that. Well then their system needs an automatic shutoff of conveyors if the sensor goes out.

    Seriously , it sounds like this old archaic ride has too many manual things that rely on humans to be watching things and the big problem with any system like that is when there is a failure then panic sets in and the employees cannot make good decisions with dealing with the most immediate needs.

    Someone should have SHUT IT DOWN as soon as the first sign of things going wrong. That someone needs to be automatic so I do not blame the employees here. I blame the ride being too old to not have automatic features that should be foolproof.
     
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    "A father who lost his two children in the fatal Dreamworld accident wants to know why his loved ones were lost in horrific circumstances.

    Shayne Goodchild, whose daughter Kate Goodchild and son Luke Dorsett were among the four killed in Tuesday's tragedy, read a statement on behalf of the victim's families on Friday, thanking Australians for their support.

    'Like everyone else in Australia we want to know what went wrong,' he told reporters in Canberra."


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...hare-grief-media-statement.html#ixzz4OLqLUOvy
     
  18. CARIIS

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    hI hAT

    Yeh I am not like feeling like "blaming her"< just surprised at some of it was common sense UNLESS ( which I am suspecting more and more the more we learn) is that no-one was explaining anything to her ie the engineers explaining monitor water levels seriously today.

    But I still can't grasp draining it earlier in the day !!! Ha I have tried to come up with how on earth that can help an overheating water pump and I just come up empty - unless it was clogged but I think it would have been reported that way.


    I had another thought yesterday - as the story was first breaking for some period of time it was reported as 1 dead 3 injured - that is bothersome cause it truthfully means 3 of them did not die instantly which in light of the whole tragedy would have been better.

    I hope someone leaks the 163 page report about the "issues" found in 2015. Overall it sounds like it was an awful place to work moo
     
  19. Hatfield

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    This tragedy has some similarities with the other recent tragedy in the US where a raft killed a boy Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City.

    There has been way too many amusement park accidents this year.
     
  20. CARIIS

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    the attendant also told her an empty raft was always sent around the circuit as "a bit of a buffer".

    What in earth does that mean/ I have never been on or heard of a ride "needing" buffer, I would kinda think some ride that need a "buffer" might be in need of something else. I really don't think manufacturers design rides that needs a "buffer" moo

    I think the joint will lgo out of business in its entirety

    "You're only sitting on a cushion of air … you're sort of rocking and rolling and to-ing and fro-ing," she said.

    No, your on water hello??

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-27/dreamworld-mother-describes-similar-river-rapids-ride-experience/7972724
     

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