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Yacht builder jailed over deaths

A boatbuilder found guilty of manslaughter after a yacht broke up at sea was sentenced to three years in jail. A district judge ordered the Australian builder to serve a non-parole period of 18 months. The sail racing yacht Excalibur sank in September 2002 when its keel split in two in high winds off Australia.

Crewmembers Tracy Luke, 32, Ann Maree Pope, 30, Christopher Hayes, 51, and Peter McLeod, also 51, died.

Click here to read a report in The Australian.