23 Sep 2009

Mad Dog River Boarding company seeks to expand

5:35 pm on 23 September 2009

The company fined for safety failures after a British tourist drowned on one of its trips has applied for resource consent to expand its operation.

English tourist Emily Jordan drowned on the Kawarau River in Central Otago last April while on a trip with Mad Dog River Boarding. The company was last month fined $66,000.

Mad Dog River Boarding has lodged an application with the Queenstown Lakes District Council to take an extra 100 clients a day on the river.

It also wants to extend its operation to cover several kilometres of the Kawarau River near the Roaring Meg Power Station.

In a statement, Mad Dog River Boarding owner Brad McLeod a review following Ms Jordan's death showed the company did not have consent to operate on the Roaring Meg section of the river and the consent application sought to clear that up.

A letter from Ms Jordan's father to Prime Minister John Key was a factor in his decision to order a review of adventure tourism safety standards, announced on Monday.