High Court backs $500,000 award for emotional harm to FV Jubilee sinking victims

The High Court has thrown out an insurance company challenge to $505,000 granted to the families of three fishermen who drowned when their trawler sank. FV Jubilee sank about 22 kilometres from the Rakaia River mouth in the early hours of October 18, 2015, killing Terry Donald Booth, 55, of the Nelson area; Paul Russell Bennett, 35, of Motueka; and Jared Reese Husband, 47, of Timaru. Lyttelton-based Ocean Fisheries, owned by the Stark family, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the Jubilee crew’s safety as the installation of high water level alarms would likely have prevented the sinking and crew deaths. >click to read< 21:55

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