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French crew of British ferry convicted over fatal crash

The captain and first mate of a British ferry that crashed into a fishing boat at high speed, killing its skipper, were convicted of manslaughter by a French court on Wednesday. But the two Frenchmen were handed suspended sentences, upsetting the victim's widow who said they should have gone to jail. The court in the Normandy town of Coutances handed former captain Paul Le Romancer, 59, an 18-month suspended sentence and first mate Yves Tournon, 48, a 12-month suspended sentence.

Prosecutor urges jail time in fatal British ferry crash

A French prosecutor called Wednesday for the captain of a British ferry that killed a man whose fishing boat was sliced in half to be sentenced to a year in prison. Former captain Paul Le Romancer, 58, and his first mate Yves Tournon, 48, are facing charges of manslaughter, involuntarily causing injury and failing to respect maritime regulations at the trial in the Normandy town of Coutances. An earlier investigation by France's BEA maritime authority revealed the pair discussed the actress Halle Berry and drugs testing before an alarm alerted them to a collision.

Captain in fatal British ferry crash denies reckless conduct

The former captain of a British ferry that killed a man whose fishing boat was sliced in half denied reckless conduct as he stood trial in France with his first mate on Wednesday. An earlier investigation by France's BEA maritime authority revealed the pair discussed the actress Halle Berry and drugs testing before an alarm alerted them to a collision.
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