Dreamworld ride tragedy parent Kim Dorsett opens up

The mother of two victims killed during last year’s fatal Dreamworld ride accident has shared her heartbreak one year after losing her beloved children.

Kim Dorsett’s daughter Kate Goodchild and son Luke Dorsett, as well as his partner Roozi Araghi, where among the four killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride on October 25, 2016.

The family had travelled from Canberra to the Gold Coast on a week-long vacation when tragedy struck, but Ms Dorsett told the Courier Mail her children would never want others to miss out on the theme park rides because of them.

From right: Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi

She went on to say that Kate’s youngest child would never know how much her mother loved her but they would remind her everyday. 

‘A mother should never see her children buried, no matter what the circumstance. I was so fortunate to have shared my life and love with them as long as I did.’

The family also celebrated Christmas, birthdays and Mother’s Day without their much-loved family members, which Ms Dorsett said ‘filled their year with tears, laughter and ­disbelief.’ 

‘Their deaths have certainly left a hole in hundreds of lives, but none so much as mine, Kate’s girls and her loving partner.’

On Monday police revealed their first thought was that the deaths were caused by a terrorist attack.

Detective Inspector Todd Reid told the Courier Mail the first job of the police response was to rule out the possibility the incident was terror-related.

Officers had to explore the possibility of ‘an actual attack, and then check on other sites that could also have been targets, before ruling out terrorism and confirming that the tragedy was an accident. 

Detective Inspector Todd Reid was one of the first officers to attend the Dreamworld tragedy

Detective Inspector Todd Reid was one of the first officers to attend the Dreamworld tragedy

It is too soon to tell if legislation against 'industrial manslaughter' will be used in this case

It is too soon to tell if legislation against ‘industrial manslaughter’ will be used in this case

‘Dreamworld is an iconic site for a potential target (and) if you’re not thinking about these sorts of issues in this day and age, you’re not thinking widely enough,’ Detective Inspector Reid explained.

He added that terrorism was something that was immediately on the minds of the responding officers from the very beginning: ‘In the world that we live in these days, are we dealing with a deliberate act?’

Detective Inspector Reid also opened up about that fateful day when he was called to Dreamworld during his 2pm shift with news of a ride accident.

At first, he didn’t assume the worse because there had been ‘several ride malfunctions at the theme parks’ in recent months, and he had no idea what he was about to witness.

After hearing the news there was at least one fatality, Detective Inspector Reid knew the incident had quickly turned into something ‘tragic’, as investigators were sent to the scene and eventually concluded the collision was an accident.

The iconic theme park is closed indefinitely while investigators pore over the park in the wake of the disaster

The iconic  amusement park is suffering from a $62 million drop in profits and fewer visitors

A malfunction in the mechanism of the Thunder River Rapids led to the collision of two rafts

A malfunction in the mechanism of the Thunder River Rapids led to the collision of two rafts

‘As police officers, you might go to a multiple fatality traffic accident, or you go to a homicide, that’s just what we do,’ he said.

But it was the location of the accident – a beloved family weekend location and tourist attraction – that ‘changed everything.’

He explained that the incident was all the more emotional for people, because lots of Queenslanders have an emotional and nostalgic connection to Dreamworld.

‘It’s not the sort of place that’s supposed to happen at,’ he said. ‘You’re supposed to be safe there and feel good and have a good time. You’re not meant to die there.’

But that’s exactly what happened to Canberra woman Kate Goodchild, 32, her brother Luke Dorsett, 35, his partner Roozi Araghi, 38, and New Zealander Cindy Low, 42, after a malfunction in the Thunder River Rapids conveyer belt caused their raft to flip.

Two of those that died had been trapped beneath the raft, and two had been trapped underwater in the conveyor belt. The two children were thrown to safety

Two of those that died had been trapped beneath the raft, and two were trapped under water

Police have recommended no charges should be laid over the horrific Dreamworld disaster that killed four people – but the theme park’s owners could still face prosecution. 

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace confirmed to the ABC in September that there is a real ‘possibility of pending legal action’ as new legislation to make ‘industrial manslaughter’ an offence in Queensland was introduced in August.

While the legislation is expected to pass, it is too soon to tell whether or not it will be used in the Dreamworld case.

‘Under our proposed laws, the maximum penalty for industrial manslaughter will be 20 years imprisonment for an individual, with a maximum fine of $10 million for a corporate offender,’ Minister Grace said in a statement to the Guardian. 

Minister Grace moved  to make 'industrial manslaughter' an offence to avoid similar tragedies

Minister Grace moved to make ‘industrial manslaughter’ an offence to avoid similar tragedies

Police provided a report to the Queensland coroner which said no staff should be prosecuted for the tragedy, according to the Brisbane Times.

A police spokesman said the coroner ultimately would decide if any charges were to be laid, while Ardent Leisure – the owner of the park – may still be prosecuted by Workplace Health and Safety 

Dreamworld has been beset with financial issues since the incident, including plummeting profits as fewer families visit the theme park.

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