Four people were reported dead at Dreamworld’s theme park on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Two men and two women died in an accident on the park’s Thunder River Rapids ride at around 2 p.m. local time.
The four people died riding a water craft on the ride. According to reports, two were flung out of the craft and two were trapped on the conveyer belt of the artificial rapid river ride. All adults were aged between 30 to 40 years. The police are yet to confirm if they all were family members.
Two of the people were flung from the circular raft they were riding in and two were trapped underneath, in the conveyer belt.
Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Gavin Fuller said, “One of the rides had sustained some sort of malfunction causing two people to be ejected from the ride”.
Police and rescue workers had to drain the water out to rescue the people trapped under.
The theme park has been closed until further notice, reports the Guardian.
Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said his company was “shocked”.
“Dreamworld confirms that at approximately 2.20pm today, an incident occurred on the Thunder River Rapids Ride that resulted in the tragic deaths of four people,” he said.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed shock and sadness at the tragedy in a televised address.