The mother of victims of the disaster world reveals the moment of the sliding door that saved her life
The mother of two Dreamworld disaster victims says she is still being haunted by her life-saving decision to skip the family trip to the theme park, which ended in the horrific death of her children.
Kate Goodchild, 32, her brother Luke Dorsett, 35, his partner Roozi Araghi, 38, and Cindy Low, 42, died in October 2016 when a water pump on the Thunder River Rapids was not functioning properly.
The four victims were killed immediately when their raft collided with another and partially turned and threw them into a mechanized conveyor belt.
Kate and Luke’s mother Kim Dorsett spoke about her grief on Monday and said her greatest regret was not for her children on the day they needed her the most.
Kim Dorsett, mother of victims Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, leaves the Magistrates Court in Brisbane on Monday. The grieving mother wiped the tears away when she said she was very sorry she wasn’t there for them that day
Mrs. Dorsett’s two children, Kate Goodchild (left) 32, her brother Luke Dorsett (right) 35, were among the four victims of the tragic accident at Dreamworld in the Gold Coast in October 2016
“I wasn’t there,” she said, wiping the tears from her face. “The easier part was buried them, the moving part lives without them.”
An investigation into the tragedy revealed the series of sliding door moments that led to the four tragic deaths – while exposing the ‘systemic failures’ of the theme park.
Mrs. Dorsett and her family had been visiting Canberra for a wedding when they decided to extend their vacation and make a trip to the amusement park.
The decision to go to Dreamworld in Coomera was made according to the ‘throw of a coin’.
“I remember waking up and feeling uncomfortable, but never in my wildest dreams [something] will happen to the children or someone else, “she said.
In the first of a few ill-fated moments that day, Mrs. Dorsett would make a decision that she would later realize she had saved her from, instead skipping the park to go shopping.
Meanwhile, Kate, her partner Dave, their daughter Ebony, 12, Luke and Roozi spent a day at the theme park and arrived in the Thunder River Rapids around 1 p.m.
The raft (photo) fell with six people after a failure on the Thunder Rapids ride in Dreamworld in 2016. Four people were crushed and drowned
The raft with the victims collided with the other raft and turned into a vertical position, causing at least two of the victims to be thrown into the machine
The Thunder River Rapids drive some time before the accident in action at Dreamworld
At this time, the ride was temporarily out of service after the second water pump failed in less than two hours, The courier mail reported.
Theme park operators were forced to interrupt the ride earlier at 11.50 am and call a ‘code six’ for maintenance personnel to reset the pump.
Instead of writing off the ride, the group of five decided to come back when he was running again.
They returned to Thunder River Rapids at 2 p.m. with Kate, Ebony, Luke and Roozi behind Cindy Low and her son Kieran, 10, and started the same raft.
The pump then broke for the third time, this time leading to a series of fatal chain reactions.
The failure had drastically reduced the water level, causing the raft to get stuck on the conveyor belt as they walked toward them.
Operators’ attempts to press the emergency stop button proved futile, leading to a collision between the two rafts.
A coroner from Queensland has referred Arworld Leisure, owner of Dreamworld, to the Office of Industrial Relations for possible prosecution for the 2016 tragedy
Police in Dreamworld, Gold Coast, on October 25 after the tragedy
Michael Cooke has a photo of his sister Cindy Low murdered in Dreamworld when he leaves the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday after the Queensland Coroner has delivered his findings
The raft with the group of six turned around, threw everything but Ebony and Kieran in the machine and killed them.
A horrible Mrs. Dorsett would later tell reporters: “I have three children and have lost two today – my entire family has been wiped out.”
The couple’s father, John Goodchild, said his grief was exacerbated by learning that the failure could have been identified before the accident happened.
Coroner James McDougall said Monday that he delivered his research results and that Dreamworld presented itself as a modern, world-class theme park, but security procedures were rudimentary at best.
The investigation showed that park operators should have stopped the drive for a proper inspection for the second time it did not function, according to the park policy.
Instead, a technician reset the pump after being taught by an electrician, and they continued to keep the ride open.
Mrs. Low’s husband Mathew unleashed a devastating attack on the amusement park operators on Monday.
“Today’s findings have proven what was obvious. Dreamworld was a catastrophe that was about to happen because of their bare contempt for safety and maintenance, “he said in a statement.
Families at the Brisbane court on Monday. Far left: Matthew Low, husband of Cindy Low. Middle right: Shane Goodchild, father of Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett
Tribute was left for the victims in Dreamworld in October 2016 at the time of the tragedy
“It is clear that ride maintenance, safety and emergency procedures and a general negligent corporate culture with regard to training and safety have caused the death of our loved ones.”
Mrs. Low’s brother Michael Cooke spoke bitterly about the day his sister died and said his family struggled to cope.
“I arrived in a nightmare, my mother was hysterical,” he said.
“Dreamworld finds it important to save the face and the bottom dollar.”
Inquest thought the ride had two water pumps to simulate a whitewater rafting experience, but there was no emergency stop for the south pump.
The coroner revealed that water levels were followed by a ‘scum’ on the wall as opposed to a formal marker.
“It remains unknown and impossible to understand why the conveyor belt kept running when the water level dropped during the ride,” McDougall said.
Mr. McDougall referred Ardent Leisure to the Office of Industrial Relations to consider whether the company may have committed a crime under work law.
THE THUNDER RIVER RAPIDS RIDE OF DREAMWORLD
- Thunder River Rapids was opened in 1986 and remains one of the oldest rides of Dreamworld
- Ride in the Gold Rush section of the largest Gold Coast theme park and is considered one of the most “family-friendly” in Dreamworld
- Riders board six-person circular rafts following the first path through a cave before experiencing the rapids section of the ride
- Thunder River Rapids takes a total of four minutes and reaches a top speed of 45 km / h
- Riders are usually splashed with water while rafts run through the rapids and hit walls
- Conveyor belt takes rafts back to the start of the journey for passengers to jump in and out
In passing on his findings, he said there was a “systemic failure” by Dreamworld in all aspects of safety.
He described the existing systems as ‘frighteningly not sophisticated’.
Mr. McDougall said he had also found no evidence that Dreamworld had carried out a thorough technical risk assessment of the ride in the three decades it was public.
“I believe that poor registration has made an important contribution to this incident … and has contributed to masking the real risk of the (ride),” he said.
An external engineer, Tom Polley, who was hired by Dreamworld to inspect the ride, was referred to the Board of Professional Engineers for his behavior.
Mr. McDougall said that his failure to properly inspect the ride was covered by industry standards.
More than a hundred people packed the Brisbane Coroners Court to hear the long-awaited findings.
The wide investigation, which opened in June, has revealed a “litany of problems” in which some experts stated that the tragedy was an accident that was about to happen.
The outage was the third in the day and the fifth in a week.
Police discovered several incidents with the ride in the past, with two rafts colliding in 2004 and throwing a guest into the trough.
Ardent Leisure CEO John Osborne (left) and chairman Gary Weiss (right) will leave the Magistrates Court in Brisbane on Monday. The Queensland Coroner said that criminal charges can be brought against Ardent Leisure
Despite recommendations for a single emergency stop, no shutdown function was installed.
Queensland introduced new safety regulations for amusement rides, including mandatory large inspections of rides by qualified engineers every 10 years and improved training for drivers.
The state has also tightened health and safety laws at work.
The owner of Dreamworld, Ardent Leisure, has issued a statement that expresses its condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragedy.
The company said it would review the report and respond further Tuesday.
Ardent Leisure was one of the worst performers on the ASX / 300 index on Monday, with a drop of no less than 18.1 percent to a nearly two-month low of $ 1,155 in morning trading.
The company still traded 13% lower at $ 1.19 at 1 p.m.