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Prince’s Charity Pleads Guilty

November 24, 1998

NORTH RONALDSAY, Scotland (AP) _ A charity set up by Prince Charles to help young people was fined $16,500 Tuesday in connection with the death of two volunteers on a remote Scottish island.

The Prince’s Trust pleaded guilty to breaching safety rules by allowing two inexperienced volunteers to work beneath a huge slab of concrete that later collapsed, killing them.

``Everyone at The Prince’s Trust Volunteers is deeply upset at this very tragic accident,″ said Elizabeth Crowther-Hunt, the trust’s executive director.

She said the group acknowledged safety standards weren’t followed on that occasion, and said steps have been taken to prevent similar accidents.

Rescuers worked for seven hours on Aug. 6, 1997, to save Gary Leaburn, 25, and Derek Taylor, 19, who were among 13 volunteers from the Scottish city of Dundee. They were recruited to repair walls damaged in 1993 storms in Garso Wick, on the northern shore of North Ronaldsay, the most northerly of the Orkney islands.

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