Go Orange crash probe drags on

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By GUY WILLIAMS

Nearly four months after five tourists were injured in a jetboat prang on Queenstown’s Kawarau River, the official investigation has yet to be wrapped up.

The Go Orange jetboat was carrying 23 passengers when it became beached between the Chard Farm winery and AJ Hackett Bungy bridge on January 26.

Four suffered minor injuries, while a fifth passenger was taken to hospital for further assessment.

Maritime New Zealand Southern compliance manager Domonic Venz says its probe into the crash is still underway.

It’s carried out interviews, inspected the scene and examined company documents.

“We’re assessing the information gathered and deciding whether to take further action,” Venz says.

Go Orange acting general manager Russell Thomas told the crash the cause was “not yet known”, but it would undertake its own review of the incident.

The company offers trips from Queenstown, down the Kawarau River, past the confluence with the Shotover River and back again.

Its website boasts the twin V8-powered jetboats can go at up to 95kmh.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz