20 Nov 2012

Skipper of fatal fishing trip may be charged

1:05 pm on 20 November 2012

Auckland police are meeting with Maritime New Zealand officials on Tuesday to discuss whether or not to lay charges against the skipper of a fatal fishing trip near Waiheke Island.

Jeffrey Erik-Peleti, 36, and 34-year-old Piira Aretio drowned and five others had to be rescued when their four-metre dinghy capsized in rough conditions on Saturday.

None of the men were wearing life-jackets.

A Maritime New Zealand spokesperson says the skipper may be charged with dangerous activity involving a ship under Section 65 of the Maritime Act.

The offence carries a penalty of up to a year in jail or a maximum $10,000 fine.

The decision about charging the skipper is likely to be made by Friday.