Sydney Boat Accident – In commemoration of the six people who lost their lives in the Sydney Harbour Boat Crash in 2008, the monument was erected as a tribute to the victims of the tragedy. A group of fourteen teens who were partying at the Commercial Hotel in Balmain made the decision to go for a joyride around the harbor on a boat that was only licensed for eight passengers, after having a good time celebrating at the hotel.
The vessel in question was a speedboat. During the final leg of their journey, they were engaged in a tragic tragedy in which they lost their lives as a result of a collision between their overloaded work boat and a fishing trawler. Unfortunately, this caused their trip to be cut short. It was discovered that the captain, Matthew Reynolds, was already under the influence of alcohol when he relinquished control of the vessel to an unlicensed passenger who had also used alcohol and drugs before the incident.
In addition, the passenger did not have a valid license. When it was found out that the passenger had also ingested alcohol and drugs, this was one of the things that was disclosed. Matthew Reynolds was convicted guilty of manslaughter of the victims, but the court ruled that Percy Small was liable for their deaths due to dangerous navigation and gave him six counts of the charge. Matthew Reynolds was found guilty of manslaughter of the victims.