Pride of Bilbao 'negligence' trial to be heard at Winchester

The trial of a P&O Ferries’ officer charged in connection with the deaths of three sailors is due to open at Winchester Crown Court in Hampshire.
The three men, from London and Kent, were found dead in the English Channel in August after Ouzo, their 25ft Sailfish, vanished.

Michael Hubble, 61, of Folkestone, Kent, has pleaded not guilty to causing the deaths through gross negligence.

He has denies engaging in conduct as a seaman that was likely to cause death or serious injury to the men.

The men’s yacht Ouzo left Bembridge on the Isle of Wight on 20 August to sail to Devon for the Dartmouth Regatta, but it never arrived.

The three men on the Ouzo, James Meaby, 36, from Tooting, south London, Jason Downer, 35, from Kent and Rupert Saunders, 36, also from Tooting, were found in the sea off the Isle of Wight a few days later.

The cause of death for Mr Meaby was a combination of drowning and hypothermia, while the other two died of drowning, post-mortem tests showed.