Radio New Zealand reports that the family of a woman killed in a powerboating race on an Otago lake has criticised organisers for a lack of medical back-up.
'Lake Waihola, the scene of the powerboat race tragedy'
The criticism was made during an inquest on Tuesday into the death of Lynley Burnett on Tuesday June 12, 2012.
The woman died from chest wounds on 6 July last year, four days after being thrown from the high-speed boat Pure Insanity on Lake Waihola, near Dunedin.
Driver Garry Sexton, a South Island champion racer, was also injured. No reason for the boat rolling was found at the time of the accident.
Otago-Southland Coroner David Crerar was told there was no ambulance at the race site and the two paramedics present were off-duty, with one of them crewing a race boat.
During the hearing, Ms Burnett's brother David Burnett asked why the Milton Boat Club organisers had not paid for on-duty ambulance officers in case of an emergency and said the race's remote location should not have been an issue.
'There's no excuse saying you live in Milton or Waihola or wherever. If you're holding these events you pay, you get - and to use an excuse that we're in a remote area is unsatisfactory. There should have been an ambulance on site.'
Mr Burnett said it was not enough to use off-duty paramedics, one of whom was a competitor in the race.
Garry Sexton told the inquest he believed a prior crash led to the cracking of the motor boat's transom support bar.
But maritime investigator Bruce McLaren said the evidence pointed to the boat striking the lake bed in a place where it was too shallow to be racing.
The Coroner has reserved his decision on the cause of the accident.
Soon after the incident, in July 2011, it was reported in the Southland Times that Ms Burnett, a hairdresser, had been in an induced coma in Dunedin Hospital since the accident for pain relief. She later died.
At the time, New Zealand Boat Marathon Commission spokesman and race convener Ian Spencer said there had been deaths recorded for offshore racing but it was the first time anyone had died after taking part in a commission-sanctioned race.
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