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Criminal charges laid over Japanese exchange student drownings at Fraser Island's Lake McKenzie

Nicole Hegarty (ABC News)


A school teacher and tour company have been charged with workplace health and safety offences almost two years after two Japanese school students drowned at a lake on Queensland's Fraser Island (K'gari).

Workplace Accident
Workplace Accident

The 16-year-old boys from Kanagawa University High School were visiting the pristine Lake McKenzie on the heritage-listed island as part of an exchange program when they were reported missing on the afternoon of March 29, 2019.


A large-scale air and water search followed with the boys' bodies found the next morning.


The Office of the Workplace Health and Safety Prosecutor has now charged the students' teacher Shinri Minatoya with failing his health and safety duty by exposing the students to the risk of serious injury and death.


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