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Dreamworld Tragedy: Husband Held Wife As She Died In His Arms

He dived into the water to try and save her as their daughter was screaming out

Further details have emerged about the moment mother-of-two Kate Goodchild died on the Thunder River Rapid ride along with three others on Tuesday.

Husband, David Goodchild, who had been waiting outside the ride with the couple’s eight-month-old daughter, reportedly managed to reach his wife, diving into the water to try and rescue her.

Unable to do anything to anything to save her, she died in his arms.

“My son managed to reach his partner … who died in his arms while their 12-year-old daughter looked on screaming in the background,” Mr Goodchild’s mother, Gillian Turner told media in a statement.

“My son and Kate were childhood sweethearts and she will be missed incredibly.

“Kate is irreplaceable, she is not only going to be missed by my son and grand-daughters but by a lot of people.”

Ms Turner said the families involved were “devastated and inconsolable”.

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Ebony Goodchild, the couple’s 12-year-old daughter who miraculously survived the horror accident is said to be heartbroken and blaming herself for her mother’s death.

A family friend says she is struggling to cope and is “just terrible” after convincing her mother to go on the ride with her. 

“This is something that will be with her for life — it will take a long time for her to be okay,” she tells

“She’s blaming herself because she wanted to go on the ride — they didn’t and she insisted. It will be a long road to healing.”

Kate Goodchild died in the tragic accident alongside her brother Luke Dorsett, his partner Roozi Araghi and 42-year-old New Zealand mother of two Cindy Low.

Dreamworld were set to re-open its doors for a memorial service today but plans have been placed on hold while police continue their investigations.

 “Dreamworld has been advised by Queensland Police Services (QPS) that we are unable to proceed with tomorrow’s memorial service as planned,” the park said in a statement , according to

“Obviously the integrity of the Coronial Investigation is of paramount importance and postponing the service will give QPS the time it needs to conduct this investigation.

“We will provide an update to the media on Monday with regard to the memorial service and re-opening of the Park.”

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