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Old 07 February 2013, 16:51   #1
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Boat Skipper fined

Boat skipper fined after hairdresser suffers facial scarring

A boat skipper has been ordered to pay 55,000 in damages to a Hairdresser left scarred after he smashed her face against a pole during a trip on the River Bann.

BBC News - Boat skipper fined after hairdresser suffers facial scarring

I have also been professionally involved in a tragic incident where a boat skipper is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

All very sad reminders of the responsibility we have as skippers.
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Old 07 February 2013, 16:58   #2
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I find that shocking...it looked 'sleek' etc ... Mr Justice Maguire needs a talking to .....and it was a private boat too ?

"As is clear from the photographs of the boat provided to the court, it is sleek and sporty.

" It is the sort of boat which one might expect a boat owner (at least sometimes) to drive fast and to experiment with


And that clearly makes him guilty

Just the daft compensation culture gone nuts...

Not to say I dont have empathy with the injured party
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Old 07 February 2013, 18:05   #3
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At the end of the day - the skipper is responsible, Leisure or Commercial.

It might grate a touch to see the legal system milk the insurance system a bit, but hey, one hand washes the other

I often have to explain to people why I always have insurance when I'm in charge of a boat. The reason is that I have a house and a business and some gits wouldn't think twice about taking them both from me if they stood up and fell out...
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Here's another local lad getting a Lick o' the Law: Linky

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Previous fines
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When it comes to money

I know of a situation 3 guys travelling in a RIB good day out few stops (scoops) at various villages over the course of the day, about 3 miles from final destination boat take bit of a jump which causes one of the crew to take a jolt, result broken wrist, 3.5 months out of work, have heard mention of who's going to pay..guy that owns RIB had no insurance at the time.
Oh yeah they are brothers, Old saying "Everything is OK until something goes wrong"

As I said when it comes to money..
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Old 08 February 2013, 04:08   #6
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Here's another local lad getting a Lick o' the Law: Linky

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So he's fined 800, which is the same as he charged the 8 people who shouldn't have been on the boat
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Old 08 February 2013, 06:21   #7
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Here's another local lad getting a Lick o' the Law: Linky

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To be fair 20 on a boat coded for 12 is differant situation ..he was a professional charter boat ..so clearly would/should have know he was outside of what is acceptable.
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Well said PeterM. Ridiculous comments by the judge. We all know how a bunch of girls grouped together can act, especially if they had a good looking young skipper.
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I am trying desperately to remember......but no its been an awfuly long time :-(
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Is there not a speed limit on the Lower Bann?
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