Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Dreamworld ride had other ‘incidents’, inquest told

Dreamworld ride had other ‘incidents’, inquest told

Investigators told the inquest that the ride staff had 57 seconds to identify a raft was trapped on a conveyor belt before a second raft, carrying the victims, hit it and flipped.

That left an empty raft stranded in the unloading area which the raft carrying the six tourists collided with nearly a minute later.

Detective Sergeant Brown said two operators managed the ride and that there was a stop button on the main control panel.

The inquest heard there were no sensors or guides on the ride for operators to determine when water levels had dropped to a unsafe point. "It takes approximately seven seconds", she said.

"We're talking about human was a human being that has to stop it", she said.

Queensland Emergency service personnel are seen at amusement theme park Dreamworld where four people died on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.

Ms Goodchild's 12-year-old daughter and Ms Low's 10-year-old son survived the incident.

Mr Fleming told the inquest the Dreamworld tragedy "has been felt Australia-wide".

She told the inquest a large pump on the Thunder River Rapids ride had failed at both 11:50am and 1:09pm without any incidents.

No injuries or damage happened in either earlier incident.

"Nothing else seems to have been done apart from resetting the pump".

Fleming said one incident, in January 2001, had resulted in several empty rafts colliding at the unloading point of the ride.

The Dreamworld ride which killed four people in 2016 broke down twice earlier on the day of the fatal accident, an inquest into the theme park incident has heard.

The coroner will look at the construction, maintenance and modifications of the ride, and Dreamworld's staffing and training practices.

"I shudder when I think if there had been guests on the ride", a staff member said via email at the time, the inquest heard.

Detective Sergeant Brown said an emergency stop button at the unload area was created to halt the conveyor within two seconds.

This young staff operator closest to the range of stop buttons was one of the 37 witnesses to give evidence in the inquest, which began on Monday.

The families have sought answers and relatives of New Zealand-born Low have said how they hoped the probe would prevent others from suffering "such enormous heartbreak".

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