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The head of a yacht firm has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of a yacht which capsized in the Atlantic with the loss of four lives. Douglas Innes had been responsible for the Cheeki Rafiki, which lost its keel 700 miles off Nova Scotia in May 2014.

His company Stormforce Coaching was also convicted of the same charge. The jury at Winchester Crown Court was unable to reach verdicts on four manslaughter charges against Innes and was discharged. The guilty verdicts on the safety charges were by a majority of 10-1.

The bodies of James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin have never been found. Andrew Bridge, 22, from Farnham in Surrey, James Male, 22, from Southampton, Steve Warren, 52, and Paul Goslin, 56, both from Somerset, had been returning the 40ft (12m) vessel to Southampton from Antigua Sailing Week when it capsized.

Jurors were told some of the bolts holding the keel in place had been broken for some time. During the trial, Innes, 42, of Whitworth Crescent, Southampton, was accused of cost cutting and failing to get the vessel checked before the voyage.

Read on thanks to the BBC.

 

 

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July 14th, 2017

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