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Boyfriend relives horror of Briton's river drowning.


The boyfriend of a Worcestershire tourist who died on an adventure river trip in New Zealand yesterday relived the harrowing moment he realised she was dead.

Emily Jordan, 21, from Trimpley, drowned when she was trapped for 20 minutes between rocks in fast-flowing rapids in New Zealand.

The company which ran the tour and its director have pleaded not guilty to breaching health and safety laws after Emily died in April, 2008.

Miss Jordan's boyfriend Jonny Armour told the trial that as he stood on the river bank with minutes ticking by he realised she must be dead. He then saw her hand sticking up out of the water and watched helplessly as her body was recovered.

Mr Armour told the court via videolink from London the trip guides were too light-hearted in their approach.

He said he and Miss Jordan signed a waiver form against death or injury but that guides did not back it up during the briefing and, if he had known how physically challenging the trip was going to be, the couple would not have gone on it.

Emily Jordan

One of the guides who failed to rescue Miss Jordan told the court there was nothing he could do to save her in the accident on the Kawarau River Gorge, near Queenstown, on New Zealand's South Island.

Maritime New Zealand has laid three charges against Black Sheep Adventure Ltd, which trades as Mad Dog River Surfing, and three charges against its director, Brad Alexander McLeod.

Nicholas Kendrick told New Zealand's Queenstown District Court that three guides were unable to rescue Miss Jordan because of the way she was trapped.

On Monday prosecutors told Queenstown District Court that the company failed in their pre-trip safety briefings to sufficiently warn river boarders of the dangers" The trial continues.


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Date:Aug 19, 2009
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