Michael Lawrence, the captain of a speedboat, and Michael Howley, the proprietor of the boating business, have both received suspended jail terms in connection with the death of 15-year-old Emily Lewis.
On August 22, 2020, while traveling at 36.6 mph in Southampton Water, the rigid inflatable boat (rib), which was carrying the adolescent, collided with a 4.5-meter-high buoy. Several passengers were critically hurt in the collision.
Lawrence, 55, the boat’s captain, was found guilty of keeping an improper watch and not moving at a safe pace but not of homicide by gross negligence.
Howley, 52, the proprietor of the now-defunct Seadogz, which operated the boat tours, was found guilty of unsafe boat operation.
The tweet below confirms the news of Emily Lewis’ death:
Skipper Michael Lawrence cleared of manslaughter over death of 15-year-old Emily Lewis in speedboat crash in Southampton Water, England https://t.co/agKhKG2V5P
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) February 14, 2023
They were each given sentences of 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, 125 hours of community service, and £1,000 in court costs at Winchester Crown Court on Friday.
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