Boatie fined after death

Last updated 12:05 31/08/2012
sanders drowning landscape
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'TRAGIC BUT PREVENTABLE': Police divers search Lake Alexandrina after the boating accident that killed Frank Sanders.

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A Timaru man has been sentenced following the death of a friend on Lake Alexandrina last year.

David Lloyd Batchelor was fined $500 and ordered to pay $2500 reparation to the widow of Frank Sanders, 59 when he appeared in the Timaru District Court today. Mr Sanders died when Batchelor's dinghy capsized in April 2011.

Batchelor was convicted in June of permitting a boat to be operated in a manner causing unnecessary risk to the occupants.

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) maritime investigations manager Steve van der Splinter said Batchelor's sentencing highlighted the tragic consequences of not following basic MNZ safety guidelines.

The sentencing comes two weeks after five boating mishaps were reported over a single weekend.

"There message must get through - people are risking their lives, and dying, because they are not taking basic safety precautions," Mr van der Splinter said.

"These are simple steps, but they can save lives."

Batchelor's dinghy had one lifejacket aboard and nobody was wearing it; the law requires recreational boaties to carry enough life jackets of the correct size for everyone on board.

Other MNZ safety recommendations
Avoid alcohol
Carry emergency communications that will work when wet
Check the weather

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