Skipper Jonathon Kelway bailed. Charges dropped against three crew

The British yacht skipper arrested in Gibraltar in early June charged with importing £8m of cocaine, will be bailed tomorrow after more than 60 days in custody. His three crew had the charges dropped against them and were released last Tuesday.

Skipper Jonathon Kelway, 57, recruited his three crew via the Crewseekers agency and arranged their travel to St Lucia in late April to help him deliver a Beneteau 50 Gin. On arrival in Gibraltar, Customs officers made two inspections, finding 183 wrapped packages of cocaine hidden in a specially constructed glass-fibre compartment in the stern.

The yacht’s owner, Veljko Vetmar, a Croatian national is wanted in connection with the enquiry.

Mr Kelway, who has protested his innocence, is due to appear before Magistrates in Gibraltar again on 21 August.

Meanwhile, his lawyer, Stephen Ffrench Davis is appealing for information from anyone who can help trace the whereabouts of the yacht prior to the delivery.

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