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Boater convicted in Strokestown Court

Posted by Colin Becker 
Boater convicted in Strokestown Court
22 May, 2019 20:04
Greetings,

I just got word that in a case taken by Waterways Ireland, a boater was today convicted in Strokestown District Court for failing to keep a proper lookout and driving without consideration for other boaters.

The case involved a collision between a speedboat and barge last year. The speedboat sank as a result of the collision. It turns out that the convicted mans 8 year old son was actually driving the boat at the time.

The defendant was fined €750 plus costs reduced to €250 when it emerged the costs would amount to €3000.

Best Wishes,

Colin
GMY Chang Sha



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 22/05/2019 20:06 by Colin Becker.
Re: Boater convicted in Strokestown Court
04 June, 2019 15:20
Greetings,

The attached just in from Waterways Ireland. This is the same incident I reported on a few days ago.

Best Wishes,

Colin
GMY Chang Sha
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Boat Owner Prosecuted for Contravention of Shannon Navigation Bye-Laws

Waterways Ireland secured its first conviction of a boat owner under the Shannon Navigation Act, 1990 at Strokestown District Court on the 22nd May, 2019. The prosecution arose out of a collision between a speedboat and a barge that occurred on the Shannon Navigation on the 29th September, 2018 in the Townland of Derreen, Kilglass, Co. Roscommon.

The circumstances of the collision involved an 8 year boy being permitted to steer a speedboat by his father. As the speedboat proceeded around a corner on the Kilglass river on the Shannon Navigation, it collided with a 45 foot steel barge proceeding in the opposite direction. The impact of the collision resulted in the speedboat sustaining significant damage and sinking along the side of the river. The boy and his father were rescued from the sinking speedboat by the master of the barge.

Waterways Ireland investigated the incident and initiated a prosecution under Section 3(7) of the Shannon Navigation Act, 1990 for breach of Bye-Law 12 (1) of the Shannon Navigation Bye-Laws, 1992 alleging that the boat owner being the master of the speedboat on the date failed to keep or arrange to keep a proper lookout and to navigate the vessel with care and caution and with reasonable consideration for others having due regard to the circumstances of weather, visibility, flood and other traffic.

On Wednesday, the 22nd May, 2019, Strokestown District Court heard evidence from the master of the barge and from the Inspector of Navigation with Waterways Ireland regarding the collision and subsequent investigation.

The owner of the speedboat admitted the charge of breaching Bye-Law 12(1) of the Shannon Navigation Bye Laws, 1992 and was convicted of an offence under Section 3(5) of the Shannon Navigation Act, 1990 receiving a fine of €250.00 and costs of €3,000.00.

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Re: Boater convicted in Strokestown Court
13 June, 2019 19:12
Almost 300 views and not a word...... WI must be wondering why they bothered.
Well I for one would like to say well done and congratulations to Paddy Harkin on sending a strong message to those who don't believe the rules apply to them.

Tm53
Re: Boater convicted in Strokestown Court
14 June, 2019 07:10
Quote:
Tillerman53
Almost 300 views and not a word...... WI must be wondering why they bothered.
Well I for one would like to say well done and congratulations to Paddy Harkin on sending a strong message to those who don't believe the rules apply to them.

Sad to say, the culture of this forum has become "whatever you say, say nothing".

Agree re court case.
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