Liquid Vortex case- Two acquitted of all charges
by Sail-World Cruising on 7 Nov 2012
In a case that could have world-wide ramifications, two professional sail-trainers have been finally acquitted of all charges in relation to an incident that occurred off the south coast of Britain during stormy weather last January.
Liquid Vortex rescue .. .
Owner of the sailing school Hot Liquid Sailing Ltd, Jason Manning, had been accused of not being aware of the current and forecast weather for a voyage to London.
The skipper of the yacht, Charles Sturrock, was cleared of a similar charge at Southampton Crown Court.
Four people had to be airlifted from the yacht Liquid Vortex during stormy weather in January. (See http://www.sail-world.com/CruisingAus/Sail-training-crew-rescued-in-60knot-weather/92536!original_Sail-World_account of the rescue.)
Mr Manning, 36, of Pluto Road, Eastleigh, was not on board at the time.
The jury could not reach a verdict on another charge against Mr Sturrock, 51, of Moors Farm, Shropshire, which alleged a failure to discharge his duties to identify and assess risks to the vessel and crew.
The prosecution has been given 14 days to decide whether or not to seek a retrial. The two men had already been acquitted formally of four other charges during the trial.
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