Australian theme park fined $2.5 million over death of four people on water ride

The Dreamworld theme park in Australia has been fined US$ 2.5 million over the death of four people on a malfunctioning water ride.

In October 2016, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozbeh Araghi and Cindy Low died when their raft crashed into another and overturned, crushing them.

The four victims died almost instantly after the Thunder River Rapids Ride rafts collided after a pump malfunctioned. Two children were also onboard the ride but luckily survived.

The theme part has admitted to violating safety rules and said it had worked to improve safety standards.

This is one of the biggest theme park accidents in Australia.

The court on Monday said,the company had failed in its duty of care and should have taken steps to make the ride safer.

“Steps were not that complex or burdensome and only mildly inconvenient and really were inexpensive,” Magistrate Pamela Dowse said.

“They operated the most iconic amusement park in the country, which targeted and attracted families.

“There was complete and blind trust placed in the defendant by every guest who rode the Thunder River Rapids Ride.”

Dreamworld briefly shut down for six weeks after the accident in 2016, during which it demolished the ride.

The company has reported operating losses every year since the accident.