Skipper recounts fatal yacht trip


The skipper of an Australian yacht that capsized after its keel snapped off says it was the most terrifying experience of his life, and that he had prepared himself to die.

Brian McDermott and five crew were tossed into the sea when the keel on their racing sloop Excalibur snapped in rough seas and 50-knot winds. Four of the five crew died in the 2002 accident now being dissected in an Australian court.

Click here to read a full report in The Age.

Meanwhile, the boatbuilder convicted of manslaughter following the death of the crew told the judge at his sentencing hearing that he had no knowledge the yacht's keel was faulty at the time of the voyage.

Click here to read a report in the Herald Sun.