The Australian theme park fined $ 2.5 million for ride deaths

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Two women and two men died when their rafts collided while cruising the Thunder River Rapids in Dreamworld.

Brisbane, Australia:

The owner of Australia’s largest theme park was fined $ 3.6 million ($ 2.5 million) on Monday for safety failures on a popular water ride in 2016 that resulted in the deaths of four people.

Two women and two men died when their rafts collided while cruising the Thunder River Rapids in Dreamworld on the Gold Coast. Prosecutors filed three charges against owner Ardent Leisure in June.

A Queensland court found the company had violated state health and safety laws in the workplace but failed to meet the maximum fine of $ 4.5 million.

Ardent Leisure said it had taken full responsibility and “unreservedly” apologized in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange.

The board of directors and executives expressed their “deepest condolences” to the families of the victims for the “tremendous loss suffered by each of them in the terrible tragedy at Dreamworld … and the continuing suffering from that loss”.

The company, which has been heavily criticized for trying to reopen before the funerals, said new leadership had pushed for a “complete overhaul” of security procedures at the theme park.

Ardent Leisure said it has compensated the “majority” of families, first responders and others affected by the tragedy and is working to meet outstanding claims.

Construction of a memorial to the victims in Dreamworld has been put on hold due to the pandemic, but work is expected to resume within months, the company added.

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