Sep 29, 2023 at 11:28 AM Update: 2 minutes ago
The Public Prosecution Service is prosecuting a 49-year-old man from Harlingen for the death of twelve-year-old Tara. She died last year during a school trip on the suspect’s sailing ship, when a boom broke off and landed on top of her.
The Public Prosecution Service accuses the man of manslaughter. As skipper he is held ultimately responsible for the poor condition of the boom, which broke off as a result. “Investigations show that the boom was not properly maintained and not replaced in time,” the Public Prosecution Service said.
According to the Public Prosecution Service, there were long wind cracks in the wood of the boom. Water could remain in it, causing the boom to rot. According to the Public Prosecution Service, this led to the tragic accident taking place.
In addition, several of the ship’s inspection reports had expired. This means that the ship was not allowed to sail at all.
The accident with the sailing ship ‘Risico’ happened on August 31 last year. A group of twelve students from Dalton secondary school in The Hague were on board when the boom broke off. The group then sailed on the Wadden Sea, near Terschelling. The boom broke off during a maneuver of the boat.
It is not clear when the criminal case against the man will start.
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