Centre charged over girl boat death
A water sports centre is to be charged with corporate manslaughter over the death of an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a speedboat, prosecutors have said.
Mari-Simon Cronje died during a birthday celebration in September 2010 after she fell from a banana boat and was hit by the boat that was towing it.
Prince's Sporting Club in Bedfont, Middlesex, is to be charged with corporate manslaughter and a health and safety offence, and its director, Glen Walker, is also facing a health and safety charge, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
Elizabeth Joslin, from the CPS, said: "I have carefully reviewed all of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police and the Hounslow Environmental Health Department during their investigation into the tragic death of Mari-Simon Cronje.
"Mari-Simon died aged 11 during a birthday celebration at the Prince's Sporting Club in Bedfont, Middlesex, on September 11 2010. She died after falling from a banana boat ride and being hit by the boat that had been towing it.
"I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge the Prince's Sporting Club Ltd with both corporate manslaughter and an offence under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
"Section 3 requires all employers to conduct their business in a way that ensures, so far as is reasonably practicable, that others are not exposed to risk.
"Additionally, I have concluded that Glen Walker, a director of the Prince's Sporting Club Ltd, should also be charged under Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
"I extend my sympathies to the family of Mari-Simon Cronje."
Walker and representatives for the company will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on February 19.