ENOUGH: Boat captain Gordon Smith near the sign offering $1000 reward for information on vandalism.
ENOUGH: Boat captain Gordon Smith near the sign offering $1000 reward for information on vandalism.

Strangers in night pose legal risk to skipper



A REWARD has been doubled for information on late night daredevils in Prince Street, Grafton.

Daredevils are making a nuisance of themselves by climbing aboard a moored cruise boat and using the top deck as a diving board for the drop into the Clarence River.

Grafton tour boat operator Gordon Smith believes a reward for information on trespassers is the only way to protect himself from potentially damaging liability action.

Mr Smith has erected a sign near his boat's mooring at the end of Prince Street, offering a $1000 to anyone with informa- tion about people using the upper deck vinyl roof of his vessel as a diving board in the middle of the night.

Early last year Mr Smith was prompted to offer $500 for information on trespassers in an effort to stop people boarding the boat.

Dirty footprints he found marking the roof of his boat earlier this week led to the reward being doubled.

He said this week's decision to award a driver $4.3million in compensation after a crash on the Summerland Way left him a quadriplegic was a good example of the vulnerability of busi- nesses.



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