Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fastboat Death ,Cywas an Accident'

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fastboat Death ,Cywas an Accident'

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Byline: PAM McKAY

IT was a perfect day.

Idyllic weather and the smooth waters of Tinana Creek provided the perfect opportunity for a large group of family and friends to catch some wakeboarding action on film during their C[pounds sterling]NovemboardC[yen] camping weekend.

However, November 30, 2008 soon turned into a day they all wish had never happened.

Eight-year-old Jyah Lamb, from Noosaville, watched his father and older brother wakeboarding, spinning in the air doing tricks behind a speedboat.

Jyah paddled out towards the middle of the creek so he could catch the wake back into shore.

But he never made it back.

He was fatally struck by a second boat, driven by Jeffrey David Ussher.

Jyah's body was found at the bottom of Tinana Creek, 51 metres from the boat ramp the parties had set out from.

Mr Ussher, 25, was charged with dangerous operation of a vessel causing death, but defence solicitor Bill Potts argued yesterday the crash was an accident that Mr Ussher could not have avoided. …

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