A compensation claim is reported to be underway after a kayaker was hit by a boat.
Nigel Hatton was kayaking in Tor Bay, Devon when the incident happened in September last year. As he was paddling, he suddenly became aware of a boat approaching him from behind. He shouted to try and get the attention of the boat’s crew, before trying to take evasive action by capsizing himself.
Mr Hatton’s kayak was struck by the propeller of the boat, causing it to slice into two. Mr Hatton suffered serious leg injuries in the accident that required surgery. The injuries were so severe that they still require treatment to this day.
The boat that struck the kayak was a support boat in a model powerboat race taking place in the bay. It was being skippered by Anthony McCarthy at the time of the incident.
The Herald Express reports that Mr McCarthy has just pleaded guilty at Torquay Magistrates’ Court to navigation without due care and attention in regards to the incident. The court heard that he was distracted by the model boat race in progress and was not keeping a proper lookout. He was fined £260 and made to pay court costs of £2,000.
The paper reports that the accident is also subject to a compensation claim from Mr Hatton.