Yacht firm accused over death of sailors

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A vastly experienced yacht skipper died alongside two of his crew after being pressured into sailing into atrocious weather, according to court documents.

British skipper John Anstess and crew Dave Rodman and Richard Beckman died in December 2006 when their catamaran was wrecked in a storm off the northwest coast of the United States.

Anstess, 55, was skippering the 44-foot catamaran Catshot for yacht delivery company Reliance Yacht Management, based in Hampshire, England.

Despite his warnings about the weather, outlining an alternative route and suggesting they lay up in San Diego for the winter, he was allegedly pressured into continuing. The three were killed when the catamaran capsized during a massive storm. Anstess's body was never recovered.

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