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Yachting firm boss convicted of failing to ensure Cheeky Rafiki safety

A yachting company boss has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of the Cheeki Rafiki yacht in which four sailors - two of whom from Somerset - were killed when it capsized mid-Atlantic.

A jury at Winchester Crown Court convicted Douglas Innes, of Whitworth Crescent, Southampton, for failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner.

His company, Stormforce Coaching Limited, was also convicted of failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner contrary to section 100 Merchant Shipping Act.

The jury are still considering manslaughter charges concerning the four crew members. James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren from Bridgwater and Paul Goslin from West Camel all lost their lives when the Cheeki Rafiki overturned in the North Atlantic in May 2014.