On this day …….. 5th of January 1974

The Public Health Commission will hear a report this month on safety at Melbourne’s Luna Park after a number of accidents there last year. In one accident, an 11 year-old girl broke her legs and nearly lost an arm on Christmas Eve. She was found submerged in the River Caves, a boat train, and rescued by a 16-year-old boy. There were at lest three other minor accidents in the River Caves, the last on December 27, involving a 4-year-old boy. These and other accidents, involving different facilities were discovered during an investigation into the accident on Christmas Eve, when Lisa Schmid, 11, was trapped in an elevator machinery after leaving her boat. She and her sister, Monica, 10. began to crawl along a narrow ledge beside the boat channel when their boat struck, but it moved again and Lisa was knocked into the water. Her arm became entangled in the machinery. She is still in the Alfred Hospital, where a spokes man said today she was in a satisfactory condition after three operations on her arm.