Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Drowned fisherman inquest records 'accidental death'

The coroner at an inquest of two men from the Isle of Man who drowned while fishing in the Irish Sea, has recorded a verdict of accidental death.

A full scale search was launched on 26 July when Harold Clive Faragher, from Bride, and Stewart Curphey, from Andreas, failed to return.

The inquest at Douglas Court House heard the men's bodies were recovered from the sea the next day.

Corner John Needham said the cause of the sea accident remained "a mystery".

'Damaged net'

He added: "It seems likely that the men's boat foundered and capsized quite suddenly, it's likely they were both thrown clear of the boat at the same time.

"Why the boat foundered in the first place remains unknown, but the damaged net would appear to be connected."

The inquest heard that Mr Faragher and Mr Curphey, both 66, had been keen and experienced, amateur fishermen.

At the time of the accident, the pair had been wearing identical flotation suits which adhered to European Union standards.

However, continued Mr Needham, these suits "had their limitations".

"The events of this inquest indicate how dangerous the sea can be, even for the most experienced of seafarer. When something goes wrong at sea, it can go very wrong.

"This case has highlighted the need for proper life jackets to be worn, one should not rely on a safety suit."

Mr Needham said it had become obvious during the inquest that both men had been "very popular, loving family men".

Mr Curphey was a retired builder and Mr Faragher a retired supervisor with the Manx Electricity Authority.

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