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Yacht firm boss charged over Cheeki Rafiki capsize deaths

Associated Press Associated Press 7/10/2016

LONDON — The director of a yachting management company has been charged with manslaughter over a 2014 capsize in the North Atlantic that killed all four crew members on an oceangoing vessel.

The Cheeki Rafiki was returning to England from a regatta in Antigua when the crew reported trouble in May 2014. A helicopter spotted the overturned hull of the 39-foot (12-meter) yacht a week later, roughly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) off the coast of Massachusetts.

The bodies of the four crew members were never found.

Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Crown Prosecution Service said Friday that Douglas Innes, director of Stormforce Coaching Ltd., faces four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence. The company has also been charged with a shipping offense.

Innes is due in court on Nov. 3.

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