The master of a boat that crashed while passing through the narrow Horizontal Falls — critically injuring more than a dozen passengers — remains employed by the company despite facing two charges over the high-speed crash. The crash occurred in May last year while the Falls Express vessel passed through a 7.5m gap in the natural wonder, about 250km from Broome. The vessel’s master Edward James Whisson was charged by Commonwealth prosecutors on May 26 with failing to take reasonable care and not implementing and complying with the safety management system for the vessel and its operations. The company running the tours — Journey Beyond Adventures Pty Ltd — trades as Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures and was also charged with two offences. In a statement to the Broome Advertiser, a company spokesperson said Mr Whisson was still employed at one of Journey Beyond’s subsidiary brands. “We confirm that Mr Whisson, a highly experienced skipper, is still employed by Rottnest Express,” they said. Rottnest Express runs year-round ferry services to Rottnest Island from Fremantle and Perth, as well as bike hire and bus tours on the island. The spokesperson confirmed Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures had received a prosecution notice from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions regarding the marine incident. “As this is an ongoing legal matter, we are unable to provide any further comment at this stage,” they said. Two crew and 25 passengers were on board, with the vessel needing to be airlifted from the waters. The Royal Flying Doctor Service flew about a dozen people to Royal Perth Hospital, while others with minor injuries were taken to Broome Hospital. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority investigated the crash for about a year and issued a statement on Tuesday that described the rescue effort as “rapid and commendable”. “The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has meticulously investigated the incident, gathering, and analysing evidence over the past year,” the statement read. Both Mr Whisson and Journey Beyond are due to appear in court on June 30. Broadcaster and scientist David Attenborough has described the Horizontal Falls as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”.