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Woman stable after plunging from sideshow ride in Cairns


A 25-year-old woman is in a stable condition at Cairns Hospital, where she was rushed on Saturday evening after falling out of The Hangover ride at the Cairns showgrounds.

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Event organisers Showfest have expressed their deep concern for the woman’s wellbeing in a statement posted to their website.

“As organisers of Showfest, we have been given absolutely no details of the young lady, or her family, or any specific reasons for the cause of the accident,” it reads.

“It is also accepted that many people present were thoroughly stressed by the incident, and this is the opposite of what the organisers set out to do by bringing the event to Cairns this week.”

The organisers thanked paramedics and police who rushed to the woman’s aid.

“All emergency responders who were exceptional in handling the incident, arriving almost immediately to assist the lady and make practical arrangements. We are grateful for their incredible response,” they said.

A workplace health and safety (WHS) investigation into the incident is ongoing.

“We are working closely with Cairns Police, WHS, and emergency responders, who are investigating the incident,” the organisers said.

Showfest has deleted its Facebook page following the incident, citing concern over speculation and rumours about what happened.

– ABC / Marian Faa

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