Two jetboat drivers have been fined and ordered to pay
reparation over a collision on the Dart River near Queenstown
which injured a US tourist.
Simon Thomas Collins, of Cromwell, and Shayle Andrew
Thompson, of Queenstown, working for Dart River Safaris Ltd
at the time, both pleaded guilty to a charge of causing
unnecessary risk or danger to those on board, after a jet
boat carrying 11 passengers collided with another which was
carrying only the driver.
They were each fined $3000 and ordered to pay $3000 in
reparation when they appeared in Queenstown District Court
today over the collision in January.
The reparation will be paid to a US tourist who suffered a
broken collarbone in the collision.
Maritime New Zealand Compliance Manager South David
Billington said the sentences reflected the need for those
working in the adventure tourism industry to make safety
their main priority.
"Not only can serious injuries occur when things go wrong,
but New Zealand's reputation as a safe holiday destination is
put at risk,'' he said.