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In response to the tragic deaths of 4 people last month on the Thunder River Rapid ride, Dreamworld has announced the ride will be demolished.

Dreamworld has this morning issued a statement announcing the Thunder River Rapid ride would be “permanently decommissioned”.

Parent company Ardent Leisure CEO Deborah Thomas said, “Out of respect for the memories of Cindy Low, Roozbeh Araghi, Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, and their deeply affected families, the ride will be permanently decommissioned,” she said. The closure of the ride is the only respectful and appropriate course of action.”

Dreamworld also announced an independent engineering firm has been appointed to lead a safety review of all of Dreamworld’s and WhitewaterWorld’s rides and operating systems as well as an internal review by Dreamworld itself.

“No ride at Dreamworld will operate until the Workplace Health and Safety Audit has been completed and unless it passes the multi-level internal review process,” Ms Thomas said.

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  • Not sure that this was necessary. Seems an easy out for them – now they don’t have to “fix it” or risk another tragedy.

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  • I think this is the only responsible decision for this tragic situation. Nobody wants to see that equipment again. Everybody connected to it has been traumatised and doesn’t want to be remindedand suffer even more by seeing it there. There is going to people suffer from Post Traumatic Stress from this nightmare situation.

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  • I think they made the right decision. It would be too strange if they fixed this ride and let new people ride on the same ride. Build a new and different ride that meets all the safety standards!

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  • I think this is entirely appropriate.

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  • The least they could do!

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  • I totally agree with the decision.

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  • It might be a smart move to do this. I can’t imagine many parents would allow their children to visit this ride from now on. I hope some sort of plaque is placed to remember those poor victims and their families.

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