Criminal charges have been laid after a fishing boat ran aground on a popular Christchurch beach more than a year ago.
The 13m Debbie Jane vessel ran aground at Waimairi Beach in December 2019.
Now, more than a year after the dramatic grounding, charges have been laid at Christchurch District Court.
David Atkinson, who was allegedly skippering the boat when it became marooned, has been charged with operating a ship and causing danger and risk, as well as exposing individuals to risk of harm or illness.
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The boat's owner, Jeremy Hatherly, and his company Hatherly Fishing Ltd, have also been charged.
They are all due to appear at Christchurch District Court on February 17.
A court staff member confirmed today that no pleas have yet been entered.
Atkinson and two crew members were rescued after the beaching and were treated in hospital for hypothermia.