Second man charged over harbour crash

A man is facing manslaughter charges over a fatal boat crash on Sydney Harbour last year that left six people dead.


The 32-year-old, from Tweed Heads in northern New South Wales, is the second person to be charged over the collision between a fishing trawler and an overloaded runabout near Bradley\’s Head on May 1, 2008.

The early morning collision killed six of the 14 people on board the 23-foot runabout, which was licensed to carry eight passengers.

Detectives from Strike Force Condor, set up to investigate the crash, arrested the man on Wednesday at Broadwater on the NSW north coast.

He was taken to Ballina Police Station and charged with six counts of manslaughter, six counts of dangerous navigation occasioning death and six counts of aiding and abetting dangerous navigation occasioning death.

Overloaded vessel

He was also charged with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, permitting a person to operate a vessel under the influence of alcohol or other drug, operating an unsafe vessel-overloading, taking and driving a conveyance, and supplying a prohibited drug, namely cocaine.

The man was refused bail and is expected to appear at Ballina Local Court on Thursday.

Sydney man Percy Small, 24, has also been charged over the crash and is before the courts.

He is facing six counts of dangerous navigation occasioning death and one count of operating a vessel with a mid-range blood alcohol content.

The crash killed Ashlei Ayres, 32, Alexander Rumiz, 22, Jessica Holloway, 25, Elizabeth Holder, 20, Stacey Wright, 21, and Alexandre Nikakis, 29.