Shotover Jet crash passenger released from hospital


A Queenstown passenger battered in a Shotover Jet rockwall collision has been released from hospital. 

The local woman, in her twenties, suffered a badly bruised hip when the boat crashed on Monday at about 3pm. 

She’d been in Frankton’s Lakes District Hospital since being taken there by ambulance on Monday but was discharged at 4pm yesterday.

“The passenger is recuperating at a friend’s place,” says David Kennedy, southern regional general manager for Shotover Jet owners Ngai Tahu Tourism.

Fourteen passengers were on board the boat, which crashed about 250 metres from Tuckers Beach on the Shotover River. 

The woman was one of five passengers taken to hospital – the others were discharged on Monday. Shotover Jet was back in business on Tuesday after suspending operations on Monday. 

The driver of the boat has been stood down while Maritime New Zealand and Shotover Jet carry out investigations. 

Maritime New Zealand investigators arrive in the resort today to begin their inquiry.

A MNZ spokesperson won’t speculate on what caused the accident or how long the enquiry will take. 

“We just need to conduct a thorough investigation and we’ll release those results once they’re known.”