The pilot of the investigation boat that capsized during the arrival of the Route du Rhum winner on November 16 in Guadeloupe, killing two people, has been charged with murder and unintentional injury, Pointe-à-Pitre’s prosecutor said. this Monday.
“The pilot of the boat, which carried 11 people from the organization during the first arrival on the Route du Rhum, has been charged,” Justice of the Peace Patrick Desjardins said during a press conference.
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The boat capsized on the night of Tuesday, November 15 to Wednesday, November 16, killing two thirty-year-olds working for the race organizer. According to local media reports, a dozen people boarded a boat chartered by the sailing race organization, which was following the winner of the competition, Charles Caudrelier. According to the prosecutor, complaints were filed by some victims.
A judicial investigation has been launched into unintentional killings and unintentional bodily harm through negligence and non-compliance with safety texts, the prosecutor also said.
Water inlet from the front
“The pilot of the boat, a young 21-year-old self-employed man who worked as a guide during tours of the Great Cul de Sac Marin, was taken into police custody for a day on November 17 and taken to a pre-trial detention center. training judge who placed him under judicial control with a ban on sailing and leaving Guadeloupe,” added Patrick Desjardins.
The shipwreck was caused by water ingress from the bow, causing the pilot to lose control and immediately capsize, Patrick Desjardins said, “none of the witnesses spoke of a collision with another vessel.” “No carelessness or denial of the speed of assistance, the intervention of assistance given the context, is also unfortunate,” he continued.
“The investigation is ongoing under the supervision of an investigating magistrate who will seek to verify the terms under which this vessel was accredited and chartered for use as part of the official fleet for navigation at sea,” the magistrate further pointed out.