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Suspended prison sentence over fatal boat accident

Two people died in August 2019 after a large motorboat collided with a powered sailboat.

Purjevene ja moottorivene onnettomuudessa Airistolla elokuussa 2019.
The collision of a motorboat and a sailboat happened in the Archipelago Sea in southwest Finland on 3 August 2019. Image: Länsi-Suomen merivartiosto

The Helsinki District Court has handed down a one year and six month suspended prison sentence over a boat crash in which two people died. The collision of a motorboat and a sailboat happened in the Archipelago Sea in southwest Finland in August 2019. The crash took place in a stretch of the open sea known as Airisto, near the city of Turku.

The court found the defendant guilty of two counts of aggravated manslaughter and aggravated traffic safety endangerment, as well as two counts of causing grievous bodily injury.

In addition, the court ordered the defendant to pay punitive damages and court costs, totalling just over 180,000 euros, to the victims and their families.

The defendant appealed for the court to make the amount of the punitive damages more reasonable, but the court rejected the appeal.

Nine people were involved in the accident: two adults in the motorboat and seven others in the sailboat. Two of the sailboat passengers were children.

The crash killed two middle-aged men that were passengers on the sailboat.

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