Fatal pond crash dad unlikely to be charged

By Viv Logie of the Greymouth Star

The Toyota Hilux in which Tayne Bowes drowned. Photo / Greymouth Star
The Toyota Hilux in which Tayne Bowes drowned. Photo / Greymouth Star

The father of a Hokitika boy who drowned when his dad's vehicle landed in a dredge pond at a goldmine near Rimu seven months ago is unlikely to face any criminal charges.

It is understood that police have no intention of laying any charges against Mark Bowes.

In August last year, Mr Bowes took his two children, Tayne and Keira, to the goldmine where he worked to check a water pump.

The vehicle the children were in landed upside down in the dredge pond, killing 9-year-old Tayne. His sister miraculously survived.

Police at the scene pulled her from the submerged wreckage after 90 minutes in the freezing water, where she managed to breath through a small air pocket in the back of the vehicle.

A month after the accident, Mr Bowes was diagnosed with a brain tumour and he is still undergoing treatment.

In December the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (formerly the Labour Department) announced that it would not be laying any health and safety charges in relation to the fatal accident.

Police have yet to officially speak with the Bowes family about the decision not to proceed with any criminal charges.

- APNZ

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