British sailor died in Cannes boat crash 'caused by captain showing off'

The Daily Mail

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.

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.

He posted a smiling selfie from Monaco Port on social media after he arrived, writing: ‘Only gone and made it to Monaco. Let the adventure begin!’

Prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said that the captain of the Vision had been trying to ‘show off the boat’s performance’ and lost control. 

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.

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.

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