Suspicion of causing manslaughter by gross negligence

A 61-year-old seaman working as a watch officer on the Pride of Bilbao ferry has been arrested on suspicion of causing manslaughter through gross negligence. The man was not directly employed by P&O Ferries who own the Pride of Bilbao, but by an agency.

The man , from Dover, was arrested by detectives investigating the sinking of the Sailfish 25 Ouzo and the death of her three crew: skipper Rupert Saunders, 36, James Meaby , 36, and Jason Downer, 35.

The man who had previously worked directly for P&O was released on bail pending further enquiries.