Cop called to theme park tragedy suing over trauma of seeing victims’ bodies

A policeman who claims he suffered post traumatic stress after seeing the mangled bodies of customers who died on a ride at Australia’s biggest theme park is suing its owners.

Andrew James Mainey said he saw the bodies of Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozbeh Araghi and Cindy Low 'caught in the gears' of the ride as he held a sheet over them after being deployed to the scene in October 2016.

All four were all killed instantly when the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld in Queensland malfunctioned while they were onboard.

Their raft collided with another and overturned, crushing the passengers on a conveyor belt in shallow water.

Mr Mainey said he was left traumatised by what he saw as he stood over their dead bodies and has since left his job as a cop.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports Mr Mainey said in a written statement to a court: “I could also see bodies caught up in the gears of the Thunder River rapids ride.

“I was required to stand on the conveyor belt, which was situated above the bodies caught in the gears.

“I remember holding the black sheet up for a period of time while the recovery process was being undertaken.”

Mr Mainey stood guard at the ride's entrance for the next five days while the police investigation was underway.

Five years on from the tragedy, he said he has suffered nightmares because of what he saw.

After injuring his knee making an arrest last year, he took several weeks off work and a GP recommended he speak to a psychiatrist.

In December last year, he was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of what he witnessed at Dreamworld and left his role in the police force.

Mr Mainey's lawyers applied to court to make a personal injuries claim.

Dreamworld's parent company Ardent Leisure was given a notice of claim in March but it is yet to be filed in court, the Daily Mail reports.

Ardent Leisure was fined $3.6million (£2 million) over the horrific deaths last September after pleading guilty to safety charges.

An inquest also found there had been no thorough engineering risk assessment of the Thunder River Rapids in the 30 years it was open to the public.

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An inquiry found a malfunctioning pump near the end of the ride was responsible for the tragic accident.

Ardent Leisure said it accepted responsibility and had worked to improve safety standards.

The ride was closed after the tragedy.

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