Charges for Dart pair after crash

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Maritime New Zealand has laid charges against the drivers of the two Glenorchy-based jetboats in a collision in January.

Maritime NZ, in a statement yesterday, says the Dart River Jet Safaris drivers have been charged with causing “unnecessary risk or danger to those on board through their actions”, under section 65 of the Maritime Transport Act.

Of the 11 passengers on one of the boats, one suffered a broken collarbone and several suffered bruising – the other boat just had one driver on board.

Two of the passengers were taken to Lakes District Hospital as a precaution.

The matter is scheduled for a first call in the Queenstown District Court this coming Monday. If convicted, the drivers face imprisonment not exceeding 12 months and/or a fine not exceeding $10,000.

Neither driver is now employed by the company.

Dart River Jet Safaris regional manager David Kennedy says the firm “very much regretted” people were injured in the collision as the health and safety of passengers and staff was of the utmost priority.

“We continuously strive to monitor and improve where necessary our extensive health and safety systems.”

Drivers complete a minimum of 120 hours’ driver training, 70 more than required.

Kennedy adds no charges have been laid against the company.