The Dominion Post
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Kiribati man who was rescued after being found drifting in a dinghy with his nephew off Hawke's Bay faces a charge of operating a dinghy causing danger.
Itintarawa Baraniko appeared in Napier District Court yesterday charged under the Maritime Transport Act. If found guilty, he could be fined up to $10,000 or face up to a year in jail.
Baraniko, 38, and his nephew Baraniko Tebeau, 21, had to be rescued after being swept 26 kilometres out to sea during a fishing trip on the Tukituki River on July 1 last year.
The men, who were not wearing life jackets, were swept out to sea by the swollen river about 7.30pm on June 30.
Their flimsy 2.5-metre fibreglass dinghy was seen bobbing in waves 22 hours later by a passing freighter. They were rescued by a coastguard boat.
Baraniko, who speaks little English, was remanded to reappear in court next month.