A water ride at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay reopened Wednesday morning after a closure following a deadly accident at a theme park in Australia.
Congo River Rapids reopened at 11 a.m. after the theme park closed the ride to review safety procedures in the wake of an accident on a similar ride in Queensland, Australia, that left four people dead.
- Busch Gardens had closed water ride after an accident on similar ride in Australia
- Congo River Rapids was not same design or manufacturer, Busch Gardens said
- Busch Gardens wanted to review safety procedures; ride reopened Wednesday
Congo River Rapids is not the same design or manufacturer as the ride in Australia, Busch Gardens said in a statement. However, Busch Gardens said it closed Congo River Rapids "out of an abundance of caution... to review our existing operating and extensive safety procedures."
In an initial statement Tuesday, Busch Gardens said: "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."
The deadly accident in Australia happened Tuesday at the Dreamworld Amusement Park on the Gold Coast. Officials said there was a malfunction with a family ride called the "Thunder River Rapids." Somehow, two people were thrown from the ride and two others were caught inside after a flume came in contact with another carriage toward the end of the ride, CNN reported.
Staff at the theme park tried to help them by performing first aid, but all four later died from their injuries.
Two children were also on the ride. Both were hospitalized, officials said.
Kim Dorsett, of Canberra, confirmed to the Associated Press that two of the victims were her children: Kate Goodchild, 32, and Luke Dorsett, 35.
"I have three children and have lost two of them today. My whole family has been wiped out," she told The Courier-Mail newspaper on Tuesday.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the ride in Australia to malfunction.
Information from the Associated Press and CNN was used in this report.