British man charged with reservoir tragedy
8 September 2004, ZARAGOZA – A British man was charged Wednesday after the boat he was in charge of capsized near a dam in central Spain, killing three people.
8 September 2004
ZARAGOZA – A British man was charged Wednesday after the boat he was in charge of capsized near a dam in central Spain, killing three people.
Three Bulgarians - a married couple and another woman- died when a boat they were in overturned in a central Spanish reservoir.
The accident happened in the Ribarroja reservoir near the town of Mequinenza, in Zaragoza province, in eastern Spain.
There were at least 11 people in the boat at the time.
The dead included a 36-year-old man and two women, both of whom were 34.
The trio all worked as agricultural labourers and had decided to go out in the boat with friends and relatives Sunday, authorities said.
The Briton was named as David George Sheridan, aged 45, who lives in Cheshire, north-west England.
He has been charged with causing death by misadventure and has been released on bail.
Eyewitnesses told the Guardia Civil that the boat, which was powered by an outboard motor, was occupied by seven adults and six children, all Bulgarians.
The boat was captained by the husband of one of the deceased women.
It turned over about five metres (16 feet) from the shore in an area where the water is about 15 metres (49 feet) deep, the fire department said.
A British Foreign Office spokesman said: "David George Sheridan was charged with causing death by misadventure.
"He appeared in court yesterday and was released on bail. The date for the next hearing has not yet been set.
"It seems he was in charge of a dinghy that capsized. From what we have been told, it was overloaded when the accident happened."
It was reported that at least six adults and seven children were on board the boat, which was designed to carry five.
The dead included a married couple, aged 34 and 36, and another Bulgarian who was living in Spain.
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Subject: Spanish news