Two men and two women died in an accident on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld, a park spokesperson said.

A “malfunction” caused two of the victims to be “ejected” from a raft and two others to be caught inside the ride, Queensland Ambulance spokesperson Gavin Fuller said. The victims were in their 30s and early 40s. Six people were on the raft when it flipped on a conveyor belt at the attractions dispatch area. Four of them have been trapped underneath and two have managed to jump free.

Dreamworld chief executive Craig Davidson said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this and our hearts and thoughts go to the families involved and their loved ones.”

In a statement, the theme park said it was “working as quickly as possible to establish the facts around the incident.”

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