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    Health and Safety News

    Skipper cleared of speeding before fatal boat accident

    By Jonathan Brown on March 31, 2017

    Skipper cleared of speeding before fatal boat accident

    The skipper of a boat has been cleared of speeding in a jet-powered boat on the same day that it was involved in a fatal accident.

    Paul Carey, 52, of Chatsworth Road, Southampton, was found not guilty at Winchester Crown Court of a charge of driving a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) in contravention of Merchant Shipping regulations.

    Father-of-one killed

    Mr Carey was not driving the boat at the time of the accident in which Ryan McKinlay, a father-of-one from Gosport, Hampshire, died.

    The incident took place in Osborne Bay off the Isle of Wight on June 19, 2015.

    Mr Carey was a defendant alongside Aaron Brown, chief operating officer of telecoms firm OneCom, who was driving the Rib at the time of the accident.

    Mr Brown has been charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of the 36-year-old, which he denies.

    Going “too quick”

    Mr Brown, 34, had allegedly been driving the Williams Turbojet 325 Rib at up to 35mph, when it crashed into the 62ft Fairline Targa cabin cruiser.

    He told the court that the Rib failed to turn as he attempted to avoid the cruiser, named True Blue, but admitted that in hindsight he had been driving “too quick”.

    The jury has been sent home by Judge Keith Cutler to continue its deliberations in relation to Mr Brown.

    Judge Cutler told Mr Carey: “I am sure you are relieved you are no longer subject to the charge. You retain your good character.”

    Source: Daily Record

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    Date Published: March 31, 2017

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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