Cheeki Rafiki yacht director cleared of manslaughter

The director of a yachting management company has been acquitted of the manslaughter of four sailors who died when the Cheeki Rafiki yacht sank mid-Atlantic.

A jury found Douglas Innes, of Southampton, not guilty following a retrial at Winchester Crown Court after a previous jury failed to reach verdicts on the charges.

The 43-year-old and his company Stormforce Coaching Limited is awaiting sentencing after being convicted at the first trial of failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner contrary to the Merchant Shipping Act.

Source : DailyEcho

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