Charges af­ter river clash

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The skip­pers of two jet boats in­volved in a col­li­sion in a stream near Mata­mata which in­jured three peo­ple have been charged with op­er­at­ing a ves­sel in a dan­ger­ous man­ner on a Wai­hou River trib­u­tary.

The charges have been laid un­der the Mar­itime Trans­port Act in the Mor­rinsville Dis­trict Court by Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil. No hear­ing date has been set.

The col­li­sion last Au­gust on the Waiomou Stream near Mata­mata re­sulted in two peo­ple aboard the ves­sels be­ing hos­pi­talised.

A third per­son re­quired med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

The coun­cil’s nav­i­ga­tion safety pro­gramme man­ager Ni­cole Bother- way said the in­ci­dent, which could po­ten­tially have led to fa­tal­i­ties, was a re­minder about the need to take ex­treme care while op­er­at­ing pow­er­ful jet boats.

‘‘It’s al­ways im­por­tant for peo­ple us­ing jet boats and other craft to watch their speed around other water users,’’ Mrs Bother­way said.

‘‘The rule is that craft should stick to five knots or less within 50 me­tres of other ves­sels or swim­mers.’’

Mrs Bother­way said the coun­cil used ed­u­ca­tion, warn­ings and fines to re­in­force water safety rules.

‘‘ And, where the sit­u­a­tion is se­ri­ous enough, the coun­cil is also pre­pared to take peo­ple to court over safety is­sues.’’

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