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A British deckhand was killed in a super-yacht collision blamed on a captain said to be ‘showing off’ his boat.
Jake Feldwhere was pulling up the anchor of the Minx when it was struck at three times the legal speed limit by another ship, Vision, on the final day of the Cannes film festival.
Midhurst - West - Sussex - South - France
The 29-year-old from Midhurst, West Sussex, had only arrived in the south of France four weeks before the tragedy in May, having just completed a basic super-yacht training course.
Prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said that the captain of the Vision had been trying to ‘show off the boat’s performance’ and lost control.
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He added that the yacht was sailing at 15 knots in a depth where the speed is limited to just five.
Mr Tarabeux said the captain had been ‘released and placed under judicial control, with orders not to engage in any activity as captain of a ship, not to leave French territory and to comply with any summonses’. He has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
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Both yachts had been rented by a group of 17 Britons on May 25 – the last night of the film festival – with the crash occurring at 9pm.
The Minx’s agents said after the accident that the yacht ‘was anchored and stationary in a safe anchorage zone’ at the time of the collision.
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He said that the captain of Vision was reportedly ‘told to do some rounds while they waited for the other boat to pick up anchor’.
He added: ‘They were doing a dual charter... and I believe they were all Brits who knew each other and hired the two boats.’ Another worker claimed the captain of the Vision was steering to try to ‘make some waves’.
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