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Diving instructor faces court over death

Discussion in 'Diving Litigation' started by triminx145, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

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    Sorry to interrupt, but I believe there may actually be a new development that's actually related to the topic of this thread:

    Dive death hearing delayed until 2011

    " Dive death hearing delayed until 2011
    Tony Bartlett
    October 13, 2010 - 4:54PM

    AAP

    Witnesses will be flown from China when a committal hearing resumes in seven months into manslaughter charges laid against a dive instructor over the drowning of a tourist on the Gold Coast.

    Yuri Bonning, 43, of the Gold Coast suburb of Ashmore, is charged with the manslaughter of Xia Dai, 20, a Chinese student at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

    Ms Dai and a group of fellow students booked a holiday and scuba diving experience on the Gold Coast in April 2009.

    Her body was found on the ocean floor after she disappeared during a dive off Wave Break Island in the Southport Broadwater.

    At the opening of the committal hearing on October 7, police prosecutor Reece Foort told the court that Bonning failed in her duty as a dive instructor in a number of significant ways.

    Detective-Senior Constable Foort said that Ms Dai was not adequately briefed or instructed, was over-weighted and her air regulator was faulty.

    The court heard weather conditions on the day were poor, which meant closer supervision of the young divers was needed.

    "All these were factors which conspired on that day to lead to her death," Det Foort said.

    However, specialty diving instructor Matthew Wallace, 28, who now works at Airlie Beach, described his former colleague as an "organised and methodical" instructor who had never done anything to suggest her skill levels were below expectations.

    Mr Wallace said the Professional Association of Diving Instructors had carried out its own investigation into the tragedy and had not taken any disciplinary action against Bonning.

    A number of other students who were on the dive will be flown from China to give evidence when the hearing resumes in Southport District Court on May 3, 2011"
     
  2. KP3S

    KP3S Solo Diver

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    Dive death hearing delayed until 2011
    Witnesses will be flown from China when a committal hearing resumes in seven months into manslaughter charges laid against a dive instructor over the drowning of a tourist on the Gold Coast.

    Code:
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8105140/dive-death-hearing-delayed-until-2011
     
  3. Cave Diver

    Cave Diver Divemaster

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    A ScubaBoard Staff Message...


    The rabbit hole has been plugged. If anyone really wishes to continue the off topic conversation, PM me and I'll consider splitting it to a separate thread.


     
  4. triminx145

    triminx145 Instructor, Scuba

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  5. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

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    Hey guys have you heard, the hearing is delayed until 2011
     
  6. knowone

    knowone Regular of the Pub

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    marinediva

    You seem to have misplaced a Territory somewhere. Probably the one that contains our Capital City.

    Inline with this minor omission, your translated attempts at providing information has resulted in the majority being completely misleading or false, due to your interpretations, embellishments and transfiguration of any facts you may have commenced with.
     
  7. dschonbrun

    dschonbrun Contributor

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    Know-one, be nice.

    Please, If you have specific corrections you would like to apply that everyone can benefit from, offer them in a positive manner (helpful) rather than an accusatory tone.

    The generality of your note is hardly helpful.
     
  8. thanksforallthefish

    thanksforallthefish Contributor

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    Can you point out where she has misplaced the ACT :confused:

    I agree, saying marinediva is misleading people without being specific and correcting her errors is not terribly helpful.
     
  9. marinediva

    marinediva Instructor, Scuba

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    Knowone,
    Please feel free to correct me on anywhere I have mislead.
    and yes you are correct, I should have said six states and a number of territories, NT, ACT, Christmas Island.
     
  10. ItsBruce

    ItsBruce Solo Diver

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    This is why it is critical to have a good defense attorney who understands diving and has access to good experts.
     

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