Jet boat crash lands company in court

Maritime NZ is prosecuting commercial jetboat company Go Jets Wānaka and one of its skippers over a collision between two jet boats on the Clutha River in 2022.

The incident on December 30 occurred during a “thrill ride” on the river, leaving the driver of a recreational boat seriously injured, a Maritime NZ spokesperson said.

The decision to file charges, under the Maritime Transport Act 1994, followed a thorough investigation.

A police spokesperson told the Otago Daily Times that the collision occurred at about 2pm near the Clutha River Bridge in Albert Town.

It left one person with a serious back injury stranded on an island in the river with about six others. A helicopter was called to retrieve them, and the injured person was flown to Dunedin Hospital.

There is a hearing scheduled in the Queenstown District Court next month over the matter.


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