The pilot of the follower boat which capsized when the winner of the Route du rhum arrived November 16 in Guadeloupe, causing the death of two people, was indicted for homicide and involuntary injuries, announced the prosecutor of Pointe-à-Pitre on Monday.
“The pilot of the boat which transported 11 people from the organization during the first arrival of the Route du rhum, has been indicted”, declared the magistrate, Patrick Desjardins, during a press conference.
The boat capsized during the night of Tuesday November 15 to Wednesday November 16, causing the death of two thirty-somethings working for the race organizer. According to local media, a dozen people had boarded the boat, chartered by the organization of the sailing race, which followed the winner of the Charles Caudrelier event. Complaints have been filed by some injured victims, according to the prosecutor.
A judicial investigation has been opened for involuntary homicides and involuntary injuries by recklessness and non-compliance with security texts, also announced the public prosecutor.
Water charging from the front
“The pilot of the boat, a young 21-year-old self-employed person, tourist guide during excursions in the Grand Cul-De-Sac Marin, was placed in police custody for twenty-four hours from November 17 and presented to a judge. of instruction which placed him under judicial control, with a ban on sailing and leaving Guadeloupe,” added Patrick Desjardins.
The shipwreck resulted from water being pushed in from the bow which led to the pilot losing control and immediately capsizing, said Patrick Desjardins, “no one among the witnesses spoke of a collision with another vessel” . “No negligence or failure on the speed of relief, on the intervention of relief in view of the context are also to be deplored”, he continued.
“The investigation is continuing under the control of the investigating judge, who will aim to verify the conditions under which this boat was accredited and chartered to be part of the official fleet for navigation at sea,” the magistrate further indicated.