A north-east guy has been charged in connection with a boat crash wherein three anglers died.
David Marr, 53, of Towerhill, Peterhead, faces a marine shipping offense in relation to a collision of vessels in the early hours of August 6, 2017.
According to Sussex Police, Mircea Ilie, 40, Irinel Popovici, forty-one, and Traian Dumitrache, 50 – all Romanian nationals – died as a result of the collision.
It worried a recreational motor cruiser called James 2 and a bigger scallop-dredging boat called Vertrouwen, owned by using Mintlaw-based totally Macduff Shellfish (Scotland) which turned into en route to Grimsby.
It passed off in Sussex Bay – a mile and a half from Shoreham Harbour in West Sussex. Police and the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch executed joint research.
Marr was charged with being the individual in fee of failing to hold a proper lookout at the same time as being the individual liable for the conduct of a vessel.
He seemed at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on March 7 this year and pleaded no longer guilty to the fee.
Marr becomes given unconditional bail for the duration of the hearing.
Under English regulation, the case turned into deemed past the jurisdiction of magistrates and the case has moved as much as the Crown Court.
Marr is because of appearing at Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex next Thursday for a pre-trial listening to.
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At the hearing, criminal counsel will inform the decision if they’re prepared to proceed to trial and preparations for a trial will be placed into the vicinity.
A file published by way of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch concluded none of those who have been on the James 2 – who have been out fishing for mackerel – were sporting lifejackets.
A fourth man on the James 2 turned into rescued from the water by way of a passing fishing vessel 5 hours after the crash.
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