Cheeki Rafiki yacht deaths: Douglas Innes appears in court
The director of a firm that managed a yacht which capsized in the North Atlantic, killing its crew, has appeared in court.
The 40ft Cheeki Rafiki was found by the US Coastguard in May 2014 with no sign of its four crew members after it lost its keel returning from Antigua.
James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin lost their lives.
Douglas Innes was charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter at Southampton Magistrates' Court.
He entered no plea and was bailed to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 5 December.
Mr Innes, 41, of Whitworth Crescent, Southampton, and his company Stormforce Coaching were also charged with failing to ensure the vessel was operated in a safe manner.
The men were returning from Antigua Sailing Week to Southampton when they capsized approximately 720 miles (1,160km) east-south-east of Nova Scotia in Canada.
Following the hearing, relatives of the dead crew members released a statement which said their lives had been "shattered and changed forever" by the tragedy.