Australia’s water ride accident triggers shutdown of ride at Busch Gardens theme park

Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

busch-gardens-tampa-bayBusch Gardens Tampa Bay that is located in Florida has planned to shut down a particular river ride following a tragic incident in an amusement park in Australia in which four people died while riding a water ride. Officials said that the Congo River Rapids ride had been closed down on Tuesday as a safety measure. Meanwhile, the authorities of the amusement park has been working to understand as to what had caused the accident in Australia’s park.


Busch Gardens boasts of the Thunder River Rapids ride.


The authorities of Busch Gardens has said that this ride resembles the water ride entitled Congo River Rapids ride that whisks the riders in circular rafts, floating across an artificial river. There exists a conveyor belt that is utilized for moving the rafts through the river.


This decision raises questions on what kind of steps would be undertaken by the other theme parks across U.S. since a majority of these amusement parks are equipped with similar water rides.


Two women and two men had died while they were on the Thunder River Rapids ride after it malfunctioned at a popular theme park on Gold Coast, Queensland, at Dreamworld.


Investigators said that a six-person raft had overturned on the Thunder River Rapids ride that drowned two Canberra men aged 35 and 38.


Apart from that, two women aged 32 and 42 also died in this incident around 2.20 p.m. on Tuesday. The victims were 42-year-old Cindy Low, 38-year-old Roozi Araghi, 32-year-old Kate Goodchild and also her brother Luke Dorsett who is 35 years old.


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