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Captain of sightseeing boat charged with causing fatal accident at Jökulsárlón pleads innocence

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  • At Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon The victim was a Canadian woman travelling with her husband and older son. Photo/Vísir.

A 24 year old man who was charged with manslaughter for having caused a fatal accident in 2015, when an amphibious vehicle he was piloting backed on land, hitting and killing a Canadian woman, has plead innocence. The family of the woman who died has withdrawn a civil suit seeking damages from the man.

Read more: Captain of sightseeing boat charged in case of Canadian woman killed at Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon

According to the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service the family of the Canadian woman had requested 43 million ISK (415,000 USD/368,000 EUR) in damages from the man. The damages were dropped after the insurance company of Jökulsárlón ehf, the employer of the captain and owner of the amphibious vehicle involved in the accident, settled with the family. The details of the settlement remain confidential.

The man is charged with manslaughter for having backed an amphibious vehicle he was operating without first ensuring there was nobody behind the vehicle. One of the rear view mirrors on the vehicle was missing and a rear-facing camera which should have shown the clearance behind the vehicle was broken. The captain, who was just 22 years old at the time of the accident, also lacked necessary certification to operate the vehicle.

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