British sailor, 29, died in Cannes boat crash ’caused by captain showing off’. Fellow crewmen said the captain of the Vision yacht was told to ‘make some waves’ before it lost control and crashed into another yacht M/Y Minx.
A superyatcht captain is to blame for the death of a British crew member who was killed in a boat collision in Cannes, a prosecutor said.
Jake Feldwhere, 29, was pulling up the anchor of the Minx yacht just off the coast of an island in the Cannes Bay when another yacht, Vision, crashed into it at high speed in May.
Nine UK nationals on board the £3.7m Minx were ‘in a state of deep shock’ and Jake was declared dead following a cardiac arrest by the medics.
Prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said the captain of the Vision had been trying to ‘show off the boat’s performance’ and lost control.
He also said the Monaco-registered yacht was sailing at 15 knots where the speed is limited to five in the area.
The captain, whose name has not been revealed, has been charged with involuntarily manslaughter.
Dean Wickham, a fellow crewman was quoted saying the captain of Vision was ‘told to do some rounds while they waited for the other boat to pick up anchor’.
He also said: “They were doing a dual charter…and I believe they were all Brits who knew each other and hired the two boats.”
Another worker claimed the captain of Vision was steering to try to ‘make some waves’, it is reported.
Jake, from Midhurst, West Sussex, had stayed in the south of France four weeks and completed a basic superyacht training course before the tragedy.