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Family fears missing yachtsman may have been murdered at sea

THE family of a round-the-world yachtsman who vanished in the middle of the Indian Ocean fear he may have been murdered at sea.

Sean Terry (48) from Watford, England took early retirement to sail solo around the world but was last heard from on 18 June. A week later his 40ft yacht Finnegan was sailed into the Seychelles by Stefan Pokorny, a scuba diver who had joined Mr Terry on board.

Mr Pokorny has been arrested in connection with Mr Terry's disappearance and is due to appear in court on Thursday, a police spokesman in the Seychelles confirmed yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the family in South Africa, last night rejected suggestions Mr Terry might have wanted to kill himself by jumping off the yacht.

Mr Terry's two laptops, which he had used to contact family and friends, were missing when the yacht arrived in the Seychelles.

The crew of an Italian-owned yacht claimed they last had radio contact with Mr Terry on 18 June, around 300 miles west of the Chagos Islands.

A Foreign Office spokesman said they were providing the family with consular assistance.

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