The Two Horrifying Words Heard From A Child At Dreamworld
Warning: distressing content It’s been called Australia’s worst theme park disaster since 1979 when seven people died in a fire on the Ghost Train at Luna Park in Sydney.
The Dreamworld disaster on the ‘Thunder River Rapids’ ride yesterday claimed four lives, three of which have been identified.
One mother has expressed her anguish after her “whole family has been wiped out” after a ride malfunctioned at the Gold Coast theme park yesterday.
Kate Goodchild, 32, her brother Luke Dorsett, his partner Roozi Araghi and a 42-year-old woman who remains unknown were killed, The Courier Mail reports.
Mrs Goodchild’s young daughter had been on the raft but was thrown to safety, according to the publication. Her partner and children had to be consoled by emergency services at the scene as the tragedy unfolded.
Kate and Luke’s mother Kim Dorsett said the family is “absolutely devastated” following the freak accident, which will leave her granddaughters without a mother.
“We are just devastated, absolutely devastated,” she said. “I have three children and have lost two of them today — my whole family has been wiped out.
“I have two granddaughters — an eight-month-old and a 12-year-old — and it truly breaks my heart to know that my eight-month-old is never going to get to know her mum.”
It is understood Ms. Goodchild and her family were holidaying on the Gold Coast from Canberra when they decided to visit the theme park. When the ride crashed, witnesses said they saw family members panic and about 20 visitors rush from the ride.
Those on the scene have told how they tried to comfort a young girl who was left screaming.
“She just kept screaming ‘Where’s Mummy? Where’s Mummy?” witness Claire Wooley said. “We tried to comfort her, but she was so emotional it was hard.”
Fellow witness Lia Capes said: “We saw [a] little girl and we believe it was her mum because it was just her and her little sister that was an infant.”
She also said, “I was speaking to one of the guys and he said it was the raft or the boat thing in front of him, the whole thing flipped and everyone was screaming.”
A male witness said, “there were kids on board screaming while their mum was trapped under”.
Meanwhile another woman said a woman was “crushed” by the ride and left “hanging by her foot”.