Two boats travelling along the Amazon at high speed in Brazil were involved in a game of dare, which resulted in the death of a British female tourist.
Lawyer Gillian Metcalf, 50, was involved in a high speed collision, as the boat she was travelling in collided with another on the river Negro. She died instantly as she was returning to her lodge with her husband and two daughters during a visit to the rainforest.
According to her husband Charles Metcalf, 58, who was travelling with her at the time of the incident, the pilots of the two boats were involved in a ‘stupid game of dare’. His younger daughter Alice, 19, suffered head injuries during the incident
Mr Metcalf is to give evidence at the trial of the Brazilian pilots who are now charged with manslaughter. He is accusing the pilots of neglecting to take evasive action to prevent the unnecessary tragedy.
The Telegraph reports:
Mr Metcalf, 58, is returning to the country with his younger daughter Alice, 19, who suffered head injuries during the tragedy, to give evidence at the trial of two Brazilian boat pilots charged with manslaughter.
He said: “It was reckless. The pilots of the boats are being tried for manslaughter.
“I was waiting for either pilot to take evasive action – that didn’t happen.
“We were involved in a stupid game of dare.
“Either pilot could’ve simply turned the wheel at any stage and my wife would still be alive.”
The family were in the Brazilian state of Amazonas and were headed to the luxury Juma Amazon lodge, 60 miles south-east of the state capital Manaus, when the crash happened in the Rio Negro as their boat stopped to refuel at a floating petrol station in September 2013.
Mrs Metcalf, from Tenterden, Kent, died instantly.
She was a founding partner at Sharratts law firm in Brasted, Sevenoaks, and had travelled to Brazil to celebrate her 50th birthday with her husband and daughters Alice and Natasha, 21.
Mr Metcalf said the family was hoping to be able to put the accident behind them after the trial, having hopefully seen justice served.
He added: “Sometimes it seems like it happened yesterday.
“Obviously when things like this remain on the horizon it’s difficult to put distance between yourself and that day.
“And that’s why all three of us are looking forward to getting this behind us.”
He said it was unclear whether both of the men would be on trial as the whereabouts of one – their driver – are allegedly unknown.
“We are hoping for two guilty verdicts but it will be the luck of the gods,” he added.
“We knew from the beginning we would be in it for the long haul and people told us the process would be a lengthy one.
“At one time we didn’t even think charges were going to be brought but thanks to the media in Brazil and the media here in the UK, the authorities were forced to act.”
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