Busch Gardens closes water ride after Australia deaths

TAMPA -- Busch Gardens has closed its Congo River Rapids ride after four people died in Australia on a ride made by the same manufacturer.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved in the tragic incident at the Dreamworld park. The safety of guests and team members continues to be Busch Gardens’ number one priority.

"All ride attractions are inspected daily by trained technicians to ensure they are operating properly and meet all safety guidelines set forth by state agencies and well as the ride manufacturers," said Karen Varga-Sinka, spokeswoman for Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.

In the Australia incident, two men and two women died on Thunder River Rapids at Dreamworld, on Queensland state’s Gold Coast.

The ride carrier park goers in circular rafts along a fast-moving, man-made river. Queensland police said they were called to the scene following reports that several people had been injured by a conveyor belt.

 


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