Isle of Man inquest opens into fishermen death

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An inquest has opened at Douglas court house into the deaths of two fishermen whose bodies were recovered from the sea off the Isle of Man last month.

Harold Clive Faragher, from Bride and Stewart Curphey, from Andreas, both 66, failed to return from a fishing trip off Blue Point near Ramsey on 26 July.

Coroner John Needham found the cause of death, for both men, was drowning.

Mr Faragher's body was recovered by a lifeboat crew, while Mr Curphey's body was found by a search helicopter.

Mr Faragher was a retired supervisor for the Manx Electricity Authority, while Mr Curphey was a retired builder.

Corner Needham added that the men could have died either on 26 or 27 July.

The inquest has been adjourned to a date yet to be fixed.

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