Missing British yachtsman

An Austrian scuba diving instructor has been charged with two counts of negligence in connection with the disappearance of British yachtsman Sean Terry on a round-the-world trip.

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Austrian man charged with negligence over missing yachtsman

An Austrian scuba diving instructor has been charged with two counts of negligence in connection with the disappearance of a British yachtsman on a round-the-world trip.

Sean Terry was last heard from on June 18 in the middle of the Indian Ocean. .

A statement issued by Mr Terry's family says:

The Terry family in Cape Town were notified today that at the court hearing this morning in the Seychelles Stefan Pokorny was charged under two articles of Seychelles law to do with negligence. (Details of the negligence cases have not yet been clarified to the family.)

They were told that in two weeks Pokorny will enter his plea and a trial date will be set.

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Laptops and logbook 'missing from Briton's yacht'

Stefan Pokorny, the Austrian scuba diving instructor arrested in connection with the disappearance of British yachtsman Sean Terry, will appear in court on Thursday.

Police in the Seychelles said no charges have been laid against him.

A former quantity surveyor, Mr Terry took early retirement to sail solo around the world.

Judith Middleton, a spokeswoman for Mr Terry's family, said two laptops, which the Brit used to contact family and friends, and the ship's logbook were missing when Mr Pokorny arrived alone near the Seychelles.

Missing yachtsman's family: Crewmate's story did not 'add up'

Judith Middleton, a spokeswoman for missing British yachtsman Sean Terry's family, said Mr Pokorny had told police his sole crewmate had jumped off the boat in a fit of anger.

But she told The Independent there were details in his story that did not "add up."

Mr Pokorny came on board the yacht as an experienced and strong diver and the family wants to know why he did not do more to rescue Sean.

He told police that Sean got angry and jumped off the boat, but that does not add up. He told police it happened at night and in bad weather but other ships in the area said the weather was fine.

The man-over-board button was not pressed and the satellite communication equipment was not used to radio for help. The family are desperate for answers.

– Judith Middleton

Man arrested over missing British yachtsman

A man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a British yachtsman who vanished in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Sean Terry, 48, went missing while piloting his boat from the paradise islands of the Maldives to Madagascar during a round-the-world sailing trip.

He was last heard from on June 18, his family said.

A week later his 40ft yacht Finnegan was piloted into the island of Coetivy off the coast of the Seychelles by Stefan Pokorny, an Austrian scuba diving instructor who had joined Mr Terry on board, they said.

Mr Pokorny has been arrested in connection with the disappearance and is due to appear in court in the Seychelles later this week.

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