A 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy were on the ride alongside their mothers that malfunctioned yesterday at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, flipping and killing four occupants.
Two men aged 38 and 35, and two women, aged 42 and 32, died in the horrific incident on the ‘Thunder River Rapids’ at the popular theme park.
The victims have been named as Canberra mother of two Kate Goodchild, 32, her brother Luke Dorsett, 35, his partner Roozi Araghi, 38, and an as yet unnamed 42-year-old woman.
Also on the ride was Kate Goodchild’s 12-year-old daughter and the 10-year-old boy of the 42-year-old woman, thought to be from Sydney, but originally from New Zealand.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the group were just five seconds from the end of the ride when the raft flipped, drowning two of the adults and crushing the other two on a conveyor belt. Miraculously the two children were thrown to safety.
Mrs Goodchild’s husband, Dave, who was also at the park had not gone on the ride. He instead waited on the sides with their eight-month-old daughter.
Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Aragh, both from Canberra, had travelled to the Gold Coast along with the Goodchilds on a family holiday. Also in the party was Kate and Luke’s mother Kim Dorsett.
Mr Aragh was well known in Canberra and a long standing public servant, most recently in a position with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
As details of the tragic accident unfold, witnesses have described the terrified screams of Mrs Goodchild’s 12-year-old daughter calling for her mother just moments after the terrible accident, and after she was flipped to safety.
Claire Wooley and Lia Capes were waiting in line to go on the ride when the accident happened. They said a 12-year-old girl was wandering near the exit calling out for her mother. She was hysterical, they explained.
"She just kept screaming 'Where's Mummy? Where's Mummy?" Claire Wooley said.
"We tried to comfort her, but she was so emotional it was hard."
"We were in tears ourselves and she was just hysterical."
The accident which is the worst in Dreamworld's history has left the nation shocked and saddened, but most of all heartbroken for the families who lost their loved ones.
In a post no mother should ever have to write, the mother of Kate Goodchild and her brother, Luke Dorsett, Kim Dorsett expressed her grief on Facebook.
The Daily Mail reports she wrote:
“My family have been completely wiped out, I have three children and two of them are now gone. My eight-month-old granddaughter is never going to know her mother and that truly breaks my heart."