Two sailing instructors whose boats crashed into each other in Cardiff Bay have been cleared of speeding and failing to keep a proper look-out

Two young sailors have

been cleared of speeding and failing to keep a proper look-out after their

boats crashed into each other.

The incident, which

occurred at night in Cardiff Bay, left a schoolgirl with brain damage and

another with long-term injuries to her rib.

Nia Jones and Eleni

Morus, both now 21, admit to driving the vessels on 27 October 2010 without

navigation lights but denied the other charges against them.

The two instructors

had been transporting a group of 24 schoolgirls, who were taking part in a week

long sailing course, back to accommodation after a night out ice skating when

their boats collided.

Several of the school

children onboard were thrown from the vessels as a result.

The judge’s verdict

comes a week after the jury heard how Miss Jones was encouraged to go faster

during their journey across the bay. 

One of the young

passengers alleged via video link that Miss Jones began speeding and weaving

the boat after pleas from those onboard.

“We were urging Nia to

go faster and she said, ‘sod it’ and then did it,” claimed the schoolgirl.

“We were excited but

some people told Nia to slow down. She went over the wake of the other boat a

couple of times before we crashed.”

“Just before we

collided I think we all knew we were going to crash but we didn’t move or

scream, we didn’t have time to.”

Following the verdict

yesterday, the defendants’ solicitor Russell Kelly said the pair were

“relieved” that the court case was over.

“They’ve every

sympathy for the girls who were injured in the incident and sincerely hope that

they make a full recovery.

“Both defendants now

just want to concentrate on their studies and put this ordeal behind them.”

Organisers of the

sailing course, Nicholas Sawyer and PMB & SC Ltd, have admitted offences

relating to the accident, as well as breaking health and safety regulations.

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