26 Nov 2015

Veteran coach charged over rowing crash

5:54 pm on 26 November 2015

A veteran rowing coach and Otago Boy's High School have been charged after a powerboat collided with a rowing eight on Otago Harbour last year, injuring three students.

Maritime New Zealand has laid charges in the Dunedin District Court over the collision between the eight, and a boat operated by 91-year-old rowing coach Fred Strachan.

Three students were taken to Dunedin Hospital.

Strachan has been charged with operating a ship in a dangerous or risky manner, while the school's board of trustees faces charges of permitting dangerous or risky use of a ship.

Strachan won the Halberg's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to rowing.

He appears in court again next Friday.