Sydney (Australia), ap. 1 (EFE) .- In December 2019, when the Wakari volcano suddenly erupted, a New Zealand judge fined the tour operator for failing to take the necessary safety precautions during a voyage to White Island. Twenty-two people were killed and dozens of spectators were injured.
A district court in Wagaden, on the North Island, on Thursday estimated the operator rescue helicopter trust Inflight at NZ $ 227,500 (US $ 157,703 or 142,483) and operations costs NZ $ 40,000 (US $ 27,572). Radio New Zealand, a public radio station.
In his judgment, Judge Evangelos Thomas pointed out that the company had not taken “reasonable steps” to ensure the safety of its passengers.
According to the magistrate, the operator did not review the warnings issued by the official company GNS Science about the dangers associated with the volcanic eruption before the voyage.
Vakari, one of New Zealand’s most active and tourist volcanoes, erupted when warning for a mild volcanic eruption was at 2 (on a scale of 5), and 47 people, most of them international tourists, were staying on the island on December 9, 2019.
New Zealand authorities have filed a lawsuit against ten organizations in 2020 – some of them the government – and three executives for their actions or inaction in the wake of the tragic volcanic eruption.
Of this panel, only the aforementioned company was convicted, while the other twelve operators and executives pleaded not guilty and will face a four-month process beginning in July 2023. EFE
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