Easy Rider sole survivor Dallas Reedy outside the
Invercargill District Court yesterday. Photo by Allison
With court action against his long-time friend's widow
finally over, Dallas Reedy says he can now publish his book
about surviving the Easy Rider
sinking two years ago.
''I wrote it for my sons, to show them never give up, never
stop kicking, just keep going.''
Mr Reedy, of Invercargill, was rescued after 18 hours of
clinging to an empty plastic petrol container.
He was a deck hand for his friend of 20 years, skipper Rewai
Karetai, who drowned along with the other seven people on
Mr Reedy was at the Invercargill District Court yesterday to
support Mr Karetai's widow, Gloria Davis, as she and her
company were sentenced on charges relating to the sinking.
Afterwards, Mr Reedy said the sentencing meant everyone could
get on with their lives again, and he could push on with
plans for his book.
''I waited till after all this was over, just out of respect
He had completed a draft and was negotiating the book's
release with several publishing companies.
Davis had read the draft, he said.
Asked what her reaction had been, he said ''she kept her
copy'' and was fine with him writing it.
The families of the others who drowned also knew about the
book and were supportive.
During Davis' trial in January, Mr Reedy gave harrowing
evidence about the moment at 12.03am on March 15, 2012, when
a huge wall of ''black water as far as the eye could see''
swamped Easy Rider, flipping it in seconds.
He heard the youngest passenger, Odin Karetai (7), who had
been in the wheelhouse asleep on his father's knee,
Then the scream was cut off.
Mr Reedy was washed into the sea and did not see or hear any
of the others after that.
Mr Reedy said yesterday one of his reasons for writing the
book was to show that his friend Rewai ''Spud'' Karetai -
Rewai is Maori for potato - was not as incompetent as he had
been portrayed at the trial.
Mr Reedy had worked with him on boats on and off for years
and said at the trial he considered Mr Karetai a
''It's a good thing I survived. Now, I can tell it like it
was and tell people what Spud was really like.''