**UPDATE** Busch Gardens has since reopened Congo River Rapids after a thorough inspection on Wednesday morning at around 11 AM. The park issued this statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved in the tragic incident at the Dreamworld park in Australia. 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.”
**UPDATE** Busch Gardens Tampa has closed their Congo River Rapids after the incident at Dreamworld today.
Dreamworld is scheduled to remain closed on Wednesday as the park and officials continues their investigation.
Also, two of the victims have been identified as Kate Goodchild, 32, and Luke Dorsett, 35.
Sad news to report out of Australia this morning as four people have died on the Thunder River Rapids at Dreamworld in Australia
Reports say that two riders were thrown from the raft and two others were trapped.
The victims have not yet been identified but were two women, both aged 42, and two men, ages 38 and 35.
Dreamworld issued a statement on Twitter saying “We are deeply shocked and saddened by today’s accident; our hearts and thoughts go to the families involved and their loved ones.
A “malfunction” is being blamed for the accident and the park remains closed as officials investigate.
Thunder River Rapids opened in 1986 at the park. We have found the manufacturer of the ride vehicles, Master Glass Industries, here.