Dreamworld victims Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low.
Dreamworld victims Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low.

Ride operator 'noticed problems' morning of tragedy

THE ride operator who started the Thunder River Rapids Ride the morning of the Dreamworld disaster said he noticed problems with the pump on start up.

Timothy Williams has taken the stand on the fourth day of the inquest into the Dreamworld disaster.

Mr Williams was the first operator on the ride the morning of the disaster.

He told the inquest he noticed the amp metre on the south pump was giving unusual readings when he started the ride for the day.

"The north pump was normal but the south pump was sitting about 490 amps and was fluctuating," he said in a statement.

"That is not normal based on my experience with this ride."

Mr Williams told the inquest he called engineers to report the problem.

When an electrician arrived, the south pump amp reading had dropped back to 420 amps which was more normal levels.

Mr Williams said he was told to give the engineers a call again if there was an issue later in the day.

The ride operator was in charge of the ride when the south pump went offline that morning.

The pump was fail two time later that day - the third failure lead to the disaster.

After a pump stopped working on the Thunder River Rapids Ride, the water levels dropped and a raft got stuck on a conveyor.

It was hit by a raft carrying Ms Goodchild, her daughter Ebony, 12, Mr Dorsett, Mr Araghi, Ms Low and her son, Kieran, 10. Their raft flipped. Two adults were trapped and the other two adults fell out.

 

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FORMER RIDE OPERATOR 'NEVER SAW A MEMO'

FORMER Dreamworld ride operator Courtney Williams said she never saw a memo which described the emergency stop button sent a week before the tragedy on the Thunder River Rapids Ride.

Ms Williams said she was not shown the memo when she was trained on the morning of the tragedy.

The same memo sent on October 18, 2016, warned employees only to press the emergency button if the ride operator at the main control panel, about 10m away, was incapacitated.

The emergency stop button could stop the conveyor within two seconds, but Ms Williams told the inquest she was never told what it did.

"I was not shown that memo. I had seen another memo in the office which I thought was that memo," she said.

Ms Williams said she had not been taken through the operation manual by trainer Amy Crisp.

"She didn't take me through the manual. I had to go through it myself," she said.

Ms Williams said she did not see the memo in that part.

"Amy flipped through my part. She showed me the safety notice and then flipped to my part," she said.

The floral tribute left at Dreamworld in the wake of the tragedy. Picture: Nigel Hallett
The floral tribute left at Dreamworld in the wake of the tragedy. Picture: Nigel Hallett

The inquest was shown a police walk-through of the incident taken two days after the disaster.

In that video she can be heard telling police: "I read through that, I read through it all, I read through the memo."

When asked at the inquest she said she did not remember if her comments related to the October 18, 2016 memo.

Ms Williams has been visibly upset while giving her evidence this morning.

Her answers have been short and on almost every answer her voice waivers.

A separate video taken be a police officer on the day of the incident was also shown to the inquest.

In the video a Dreamworld employee with the name badge "Troy" was shown indicating to go to a quieter place where Ms Williams gave an initial statement to police.

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FORMER EMPLOYEE 'HIGHLY DISTRESSED' AFTER GIVING EVIDENCE

 

Thunder River Rapids ride operator Courtney Williams is ‘highly distressed’ after giving evidence (AAP Image/Darren England)
Thunder River Rapids ride operator Courtney Williams is ‘highly distressed’ after giving evidence (AAP Image/Darren England)

THE lawyer for former Dreamworld ride operator Courtney Williams said the young woman is "highly distressed" after giving evidence at the inquest yesterday.

Ms Williams was one of two ride operators working the Thunder River Rapids ride when two rafts collided, flipping one of the rafts into a vertical position.

The flip killed four people - Kate Goodchild, Roozbeh Araghi, Luke Dorsett and Cindy Low.

Ms Williams' lawyer Peter Callaghan said she was "highly distressed" after giving evidence yesterday.

"Ms Williams is mortified to think she might have done anything to upset any of the (families)," he said.

Mr Callaghan urged other lawyers to keep in mind Ms Williams' emotional condition after having to relive the horrific incident yesterday.

Steven Whybrow, the barrister for Ms Goodchild and Mr Dorsett's families, again quizzed Ms Williams about the emergency stop button she was standing near on the day of the incident.

Ms Williams told the inquest yesterday she had been told "not to worry" about the button as no one used it and did not know what the button did.

Dreamworld victims Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low.
Dreamworld victims Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low.

Mr Whybrow asked this morning if the button had been labelled and she knew what it did if she had pressed the button.

"I would have done everything that I could have to do that," she said.



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