Father who lost his wife in the Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids disaster feared drowned

Father who saw his wife and two family members die in the Dreamworld tragedy, missing the fear drowned five years after the amusement park’s horror that shocked Australia

  • Police have continued the search for David Turner for car found near Canberra
  • Sir. Turner lost his wife and two family members in the 2016 Dreamworld disaster
  • Friend claimed that Turner never recovered from tragedy before the disappearance
  • Police fear he may have deliberately entered the fast-flowing waterway Thursday
  • For confidential support, call Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on: 13 11 14










A father who lost his wife and two family members during the Dreamworld disaster in 2016 has disappeared and is feared to have drowned.

Police were searching for David Turner after his car was found abandoned at Uriarra Crossing, 30 km west of Canberra, on Thursday.

SES volunteers combed through bushland while police divers participated in the search for fear he had deliberately dived into a river to take his own life.

A friend claimed that Turner was still struggling to cope with the loss of his family five years after the disaster at the Gold Coast theme park in 2016.

Police have continued their search for David Turner after his car was found abandoned at Uriarra Crossing, 30 kilometers west of Canberra, on Thursday (pictured David Turner with his partner Kate and their daughter Ebony)

A friend claimed that Turner was still struggling to cope with the loss of his family five years after the Dreamworld disaster on the Gold Coast in 2016

A friend claimed that Turner was still struggling to cope with the loss of his family five years after the Dreamworld disaster on the Gold Coast in 2016

His wife Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and Mr Dorsett’s partner Roozi Araghi were three of the four people killed on the Thunder River Rapids trip when one of the fleets turned on the conveyor belt.

Turner’s 12-year-old daughter Ebony was also on the trip, but miraculously survived.

The doting father chose from the trip to remember his baby daughter Evie in the stroller.

An investigation investigated the disaster and Mr Turner was eventually awarded a seven-figure payout.

The investigation heard the desperate father rushed to the trip, jumped into the dark water to try to save his wife before being pulled back by Dreamworld staff.

‘Why did you not stop the trip?’ Sir. Turner shouted at them.

The family at the time issued a statement saying they held the theme park fully responsible for their losses.

‘We hold Dreamworld fully responsible for this tragic event, which could so easily have been avoided,’ the family said.

‘It has broken down our family.’

His wife Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi were three of the four people killed on the Thunder River Rapids trip when one of the fleets capsized on the conveyor belt

His wife Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi were three of the four people killed on the Thunder River Rapids trip when one of the fleets capsized on the conveyor belt

David Turner carries his partner Kate's coffin out of St.  Christopher's Cathedral in Canberra in 2016

David Turner carries his partner Kate’s coffin out of St. Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra in 2016

Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure pleaded guilty to violating workplace health and safety laws. He was fined $ 3.6 million in September 2020.

Friends claim Turner was still plagued by the loss of his family and wife before disappearing outside Canberra on Thursday.

‘Kate was his soulmate, she was everything to him,’ a friend told the Courier Mail.

‘She kept him centered and without it he was just crazy.

‘And it’s impossible to know how you would react by reviewing what he went through that day.’

An ACT police spokeswoman said the family had requested privacy while the search continued.

For confidential support, call Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on: 13 11 14

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