The boater involved in a fatal accident off Lanikai Beach last month is scheduled to appear in Kaneohe District Court on Feb. 16 for operating a power boat without proof of having completed a boater safety course.
State conservation and resource enforcement officers cited Sai Hansen with the violation on Jan. 9, the same day a 59-year-old diver died from injuries he suffered after being run over by a power boat. The citation was filed in court Thursday.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner says Shim died from blunt force and propeller injuries. Shim and his stepson Trey Albrecht were spearfishing when a boat ran over them. Albrecht, 25, sustained cuts that severed tendons in his left arm.
State administrative boating rules require any person who operates power driven vessel to possess a certificate of completion of a safety course approved by the Department of Land and Natural Resources that contains a component on Hawaii waters. Anyone who is stopped by a law enforcement officer is required to present the certificate.
Violations are punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and suspension of boating privileges.
No one has been charged with any criminal offenses for causing Shim’s death or injuring Albrecht.