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Man Charged Following Fatal Boat Crash in Wilberforce

A man has been charged after a woman died following a boat crash in Sydney’s northwest in February this year.

In February 2024, officers attached to Marine Area Command commenced an investigation into the death of a 32-year-old woman who died after the boat she was a passenger in crashed into a riverbank on the Hawkesbury River, Wilberforce.

Immediately after the collision, the driver of the boat – a 38-year-old man – was taken to Westmead Hospital for mandatory testing, which later returned a positive result for alcohol.

At about 9:00 am (Tuesday, 18 June 2024), police arrested the 38-year-old man. He was taken to Windsor Police Station, where he was charged with dangerous navigation occasioning death.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Windsor Local Court on Thursday, 11 July 2024.

His boating licence has been suspended.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.