Teenager will never forget her first day on the job after Dreamworld tragedy.

It was an 18-year-old girls first day on the job when she was reportedly stationed as operator for the emergency stop switch on the Thunder River Rapids ride.

A failed water pump caused a raft to become lodged at the top of a conveyor belt at the end of the ride in the Gold Coast theme park on Tuesday, reports Daily Mail.

A separate raft behind it continued to be pulled along by the belt, hitting the stuck raft and flipping upside down as the machinery continued to churn forwards.

Investigators say four adults were crushed and drowned when they were ejected from the ride, which had reportedly malfunctioned twice earlier during the day.

Related story: Two children escaped Dreamworld tragedy but sadly lost their mum


It comes as a former Dreamworld employee claimed that the ‘family’ ride has been suffering problems for nearly 30 years and has a ‘potentially fatal flaw.’

Investigators believe a six-person raft flipped, crushing and drowning two Canberra men, aged 38 and 35, and two women, aged 42 and 32, about 2.20pm on Tuesday.

Two children – a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl – were miraculously thrown from the boat and survived with only minor injuries.

The two kids, released from hospital Wednesday, were said to have seen their parents’ deaths.

Dreamworld issued a statement this afternoon declaring the re-opening of the park on Friday as a “Memorial Day”.

A Gofundme page has also been setup to help support those families involved, and trying to assist with the circumstance at hand. 100% of all these proceeds will go directly to the families involved.

Share your comments below.


  • SOunds to me like this ride had problems. Perhaps the families will sue.


  • Simply horrific. My heart goes out to the families and staff at Dreamworld.


  • This is a tragic story and I truely feel for all involved.


  • That poor girl, how bad would she be feeling? I hope she’s receiving counselling. Makes you wonder if maybe there wasn’t enough on the job training before leaving her in charge. Or maybe there was and it was a tragic malfunction


  • It is not something you want to see on your first day of work,so terrible for ever-one.


  • This teenager will never forget her first day at this job indeed, something like this will be edged in your memory forever. But it’s even more traumatic for those kids to see their parents die, bless them !!


  • Oh, so the kids were really the children of two people that died? :-( What an ordeal for them. How can you ever forget such a terrible event?
    And that girl on her first day of work! So sad! :-(


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