Monday, January 16, 2012

BBC Investigation: Yacht Delivery Company Put Sailors, Including Idaho Man, In Danger

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

A BBC investigation alleges that a British yacht delivery company has continually put sailors in harm's way, including an incident involving an Idaho man who was marooned for 10 hours in the Atlantic.

In February 2007, Kevin Klinges of Ketchum was part of a crew instructed to deliver a vessel from France to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but 30-foot swells and 58-knot winds capsized the boat. Klinges and another sailor survived, but their captain died in the frigid waters.

A special investigation, scheduled to air tonight on the BBC, said it discovered that Reliance Yacht Management continually ignored warnings about likely sea conditions and strong winds. The company, based in Farnborough, Hampshire, in England, regularly sends yachts across the world, contracting with skippers and crews to carry out the deliveries.

The BBC said Reliance officers continually put pressure on sailors to deliver, in spite of protests of bad weather or unsafe conditions. The company has already been sued for negligence by a survivor of one of the sailors.

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