Skipper acquitted of coxswain’s death in Mandurah

A skipper has been acquitted of killing his mate in a drunken boating accident in Mandurah, Western Australia.

Kyle Hartigan was acquitted today of the manslaughter of his friend Daniel Lloyd, two years after the deadly morning at the mouth of the Mandurah.

The 27-year-old was accused of driving his father’s boat drunk, in the dark and at high speeds before crashing into a navigation beacon in 2020.

Skipper acquitted of coxswain's death in Mandurah
Kyle Hartigan was acquitted of the manslaughter of his friend Daniel Lloyd two years after the deadly morning at the mouth of the Mandurah (9News)

Both men were thrown overboard.

Lloyd hit his head and died almost immediately, his mate the only surviving witness.

Hartigan insisted it was the other man behind the wheel, while prosecutors claimed 35-year-old Lloyd never drove that night and didn’t even have a skipper’s card.

Hartigan wept in the dock when he heard the words “not guilty,” free to go and leave a dark chapter behind.

Skipper acquitted of coxswain's death in Mandurah
Hartigan (center) cried in the dock when he heard the words “not guilty” (9News)

But for the heartbroken family left behind, moving on is not so easy.

“We just have to say rest in peace Daniel,” Lloyd’s mother Susan told media out of court.

Skipper acquitted of coxswain's death in Mandurah
Daniel Lloyd’s mother Susan and sister Natalie Leisfield leave court (9News)

His sister Natalie Leisfield added, “We know the truth about what happened that night.”

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