Extreme sports death payout
QUEENSTOWN. A New Zealand extreme sports company has been ordered to pay $54,794 compensation to the family of a British woman who died...
QUEENSTOWN. A New Zealand extreme sports company has been ordered to pay $54,794 compensation to the family of a British woman who died while river boarding.
Emily Jordan, 21, of Worcestershire, became trapped beneath a rock and died while riding along rapids in the Kawarau River near Queenstown in 2008.
Black Sheep Adventures Ltd, which admitted two health and safety charges, was also fined $45,138. The court heard the firm's safety plan was not up to industry standards.
The company, which trades as Mad Dog River Boarding, also failed to carry ropes, Queenstown District Court heard.
The trial heard Jordan, of Trimpley, near Bewdley, and who had graduated from Swansea University, could have been saved had a rope been available. The court heard how Jordan, who had graduated from Swansea University, drowned after becoming trapped underwater for 20 minutes on 29 April. Her father, said the family would continue to campaign for extreme sports to be better regulated.