A primary mate on a five-thousand-ton dredger has been handed a suspended sentence after his boat hit a boat on which a woman drowned. Fifty-seven year old Bernadine Ingram was encountered in the water a day after the event near Felixstowe in Suffolk earlier in June.
At the Ipswich Crown Court in Gerardus Chapel, from Netherlands, accepted failing to drop off all his responsibilities in a proper as officer of the watch. The thirty-seven year old was sentenced to 6 months jail and he was suspended for 18 months.
Chapel was on the Shoreway went it clashed with the yacht, named Orca, about 5 miles (i.e.8 kilometers) off the coast. In fact, he was also fines £ 6000 and ordered to pay costs of £ 4800. Butley’s Mrs Ingram was on board the Orca with a man as well as 2 dogs.
The boat sank and when the man and a dog were rescued by the yacht crew of the dredger, she was not alive. According to reports, Peter Ingram told that nothing could bring back his wife Bernie. She is sorely missed by him as well as several other people.
The defendant was seen guilty of failing to do his responsibilities in a proper way and has been held to account and that it was the significant reason of the collision. Chapel had could not pass to have a look-out in a region where there were likely to be little vessels like yachts, told the court.