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Ardent Leisure issues statement of apology over Dreamworld deaths

Ardent Leisure issues statement of apology over Dreamworld deaths
June 30, 2018

With the Coronial inquest into the fatalities of four guests at Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld now adjourned until October, management of the attraction and its parent company Ardent Leisure have issued a statement saying they were "profoundly sorry this tragedy occurred".

Released yesterday afternoon (Friday 29th June), the statement advises “we acknowledge that shocking and deeply concerning evidence has been presented at the coronial inquest.

"We know that this has been a harrowing time for all, particularly the victims' families. We are sorry that they have had to relive the trauma of that terrible day in October 2016.

"We apologise to our former and current Dreamworld staff who have also been affected by this tragedy, some of whom have endured significant time as witnesses reliving the accident. We thank them for doing their best to assist the coroner.

"This coronial inquest is not yet completed, Dreamworld remains committed to participating in it and learning all we can to ensure that such tragic accidents are not repeated."

Counsel assisting the Coroner Ken Fleming said after a fortnight of hearings the inquest was at least 18 witnesses behind schedule.

Fleming told the ABC “we want the opportunity to review how it's proceeding in what order we do things from here on.

"We've had about 14 or 16 witnesses in the witness box and so we have a lot of facts that now have to be processed and sorted and see how it fits within the balance of the evidence.

"But nobody can pre-empt anything. We cannot at this point reach any conclusions because that can only be done at the end of all of the evidence and the appropriate assessing of that evidence."

Image: Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids ride in operation prior to the October 2016 fatalities.

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