Whakaari/White Island tragedy: 13 charges laid by WorkSafe

A New Zealand Herald article.

A Rotorua-based helicopter company that rescued survivors off Whakaari/White Island when emergency services were instructed not to respond has confirmed it is one of the parties that has been charged by WorkSafe.

It has been confirmed today that 13 parties related to the tragedy that claimed 22 lives in last December’s eruption will face charges after a WorkSafe investigation.

Volcanic Air pilot and director Tim Barrow has confirmed to the Rotorua Daily Post the company has been notified it would face charges.

He said they were not yet sure of the nature of the charges but once notified more would take time to seek legal advice.

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