Keith Barrett has been instructed by all the passengers injured when a speedboat crashed into a buoy in The Solent off Southampton in August 2020, including the family of Emily Lewis who was killed after she was thrown from the boat. Emily's father and sister were also injured in what was intended as a fun day trip.
Eleven people were on board the RIB (rigid inflatable boat) which hit a buoy at speed off the village of Netley.
The police have charged Michael Lawrence, the driver of the boat, with gross negligence manslaughter and Michael Howley, the owner of the company running the boat trips, with failing to take all reasonable steps to secure that the boat was operated in a safe manner. Both have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges and have also refused to accept liability in the civil claims.
Keith continues to pursue the civil claims on behalf of those involved and will ask the Coroner to investigate the safety of this type of high-speed sea craft with a view to the Coroner issuing a report to prevent similar deaths in the future.
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