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Old 15 November 2013, 15:51   #1
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Friday, 15 November 2013

RHIB OWNER FINED FOR CRASHING INTO YACHT
The owner of a RHIB that smashed into a yacht rendering it useless has been fined 1,500 in court.

The 28ft yacht 'Charlotte-Anne' was moored at Killyleagh, in Northern Ireland, when the RHIB 'Red Rubber' crashed into its side.

Ralph Carson, 56, from Killyleagh, who owned the RHIB, was found guilty on three charges: failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that it was operated in a safe manner, failing to navigate it safely, and failing to keep a lookout.

Carson was fined 500 for each of the three charges – to which he had pleaded guilty – at Downpatrick Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Carson, who was navigating at the time of the incident, was also ordered to pay an offender's charge of 15.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) assisted police in bringing about the prosecution.

Bill Bennett, Area Operations Manager for Northern Ireland for the MCA, said:

"It is very important that all vessels navigate safely, have a proper passage planned and maintain a good lookout at all times. Failure to do so could result in catastrophic consequences."
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Old 15 November 2013, 16:00   #2
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The owner of a RHIB that smashed into a yacht rendering it useless has been fined 1,500 in court..
sounds like money well spent
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sounds like money well spent
Lol you had to much stout and port already??!

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Lol you had to much stout and port already??!

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Pound for Pound, it DOES sound like a win!
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Visibility was good and it was calm but it was 2:00am!

Guess they must have had too many stouts!!!
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Visibility was good and it was calm but it was 2:00am!

Guess they must have had too many stouts!!!
Off the top of my head, I can think of at least three other incidents like this over the last few years. Drunken nighttime boating. Not good....
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Visibility was good and it was calm but it was 2:00am!

Guess they must have had too many stouts!!!
Echos of one of the worst of this type of accident I can recall which, coincidentally, also happened at 02:00.

Six people on board, three deaths when the craft impacted the cliffs at high speed. The photographs in the below report give a sobering insight into the forces unleashed in the cockpit on impact.

http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources...ea%20Snake.pdf
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