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Tragedy on Lake Tałty. The boat capsized, an eight-year-old girl died. Two indictments

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On Lake Tałty (warmińsko-mazurskie voivodship) a boat capsized, an eight-year-old girl died. Two men will appear in court. One will be responsible for causing an accident, the other for exposing a total of seven people to a direct danger of loss of life or serious damage to health, including three children.

As the spokesman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Olsztyn, Daniel Brodowski, announced on Thursday, the District Prosecutor’s Office in Olsztyn filed an indictment against 41-year-old Grzegorz G. on June 30, 2022, in Ryn, in Ryn, running a businessexposed a total of seven people, including three children, to the immediate danger of loss of life or serious damage to health.

– He rented them a motor boat that was unregistered without a proper technical certificate and had no technical inspection, gas installation was faulty and an incorrectly installed engine with a greater weight and power than recommended, which violated the structural properties of the ship – said prosecutor Daniel Brodowski.

– In the course of the proceedings, the accused questioned by the prosecutor did not admit to the charges against him and exercised the right to refuse explanations – added prosecutor Brodowski.

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He pointed out that during the preparatory proceedings, the prosecutor’s office established, inter alia, using the opinion of an expert that the condition of the boat posed a threat to people who moved it.

“Intentionally violated water traffic safety rules”

The accident happened on June 18, 2022 on Lake Tałty. Seven people were traveling in the speedboat: four adults and three children. At some point, the boat tilted and the participants of the cruise fell into the water. The boat capsized and began to sink. An eight-year-old girl was trapped in the cabin of the boat.

This is the second indictment in this case. Earlier, an indictment was filed with the District Court in Mrągowo against the boat’s helmsman, Piotr O., who will be responsible for causing the accident.

As the district prosecutor in Olsztyn, Cezary Fiertek, informed, he was charged with the fact that on June 18, 2022 in Stare Sady, on Lake Tałty, he intentionally violated the rules of safety in water traffic in such a way that as the manager – captain of the ship – being responsible for compliance with sailing regulations on a ship and for safety on a ship while sailing, and without a motorboat license or knowledge in the field of safe navigation on water, he was driving a Viva 606 motor boat.

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As the investigators established, the man used a steering technique inconsistent with the principles of proper maneuvering of a boat with a motor, i.e. he performed an incorrect maneuver in response to waves created by other vessels and placed the boat sideways to the wave, which contributed to the loss of stability of the boat and, consequently, to the its overturning. Passengers had no vests. They were also unevenly distributed in the boat.

Read also: The body of an eight-year-old girl was found in a sunken boat at a depth of 30 meters. Preliminary autopsy results are in

Divers found the girl in the cabin of the sunken boat KP PSP in Mrągowo

He was sailing a motorboat with a court injunction

The man will also be responsible for the second act, namely for not complying with the ban on driving any motor vehicles imposed by the Kutno court in 2020 (from November 27, 2020 for a period of two years). The accused faces up to eight years in prison. The search operation was difficult because the reservoir is very deep. After a few hours, the divers managed to reach the sunken boat. After breaking the window, they took the child out. The girl was dead. In places, the depth of Lake Tałty reaches 45 meters.

To avoid the accumulation of process roles

A spokesman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Olsztyn, when asked why the two defendants were not included in one indictment, replied that the defendant in one case was the helmsman of the boat, while in the other case he was the injured person.

– If two defendants were covered by one indictment, there would be an accumulation of procedural roles, which is why the cases regarding causing a fatal water traffic accident were excluded from the materials regarding the person who rented a boat for a group of people – explained prosecutor Brodowski.

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