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Last refreshed at 15:57 01 September 2006
The emotional battle for life by three City yachtsmen who passed on in the Channel was depicted at an examination today.

James Meaby what’s more, Jason Killjoy had time to physically expand their lifejackets at the point when their watercraft sank in dimness off the Isle of Wight. Rupert Saunders’s coat had expanded automatically.

Mr Meaby, 36, from Tooting, frantically battled hypothermia long after his companions had suffocated be that as it may at last he as well succumbed, the examination heard.

The subtle elements developed at a brief opening what’s more, deferment into the passings of the men, who suffocated on 20 Regal at the point when their 25ft Sailfish sloop disappeared. The Isle of Wight Coroner, John Matthews, too uncovered that the passings had come seven days some time recently Mr Downer, from Kent, was due to celebrate his 36th birthday.

Mr Matthews said Mr Meaby’s body was found in the ocean 10 miles south of the Capture Tower on 22 Eminent what’s more, the bodies of Mr Killjoy what’s more, Mr Saunders, moreover from Tooting, were found a day afterward south of St Catherine’s Point.

The coroner said: “It is known they were last seen on board a yacht called The Ouzo, which cleared out Bembridge Harbor on 20 Regal booked for a voyage to Dartmouth, what’s more, nothing more was heard of them after the yacht cleared out the harbour.”

He added: “In the case of Mr Meaby, the cause of passing is expressed by the pathologist to be reliable with a mix of suffocating what’s more, hypothermia. “As far as the other two were concerned, the pathologist says it is steady with drowning.”

He deferred the investigation while the seek for the yacht goes on, adding: “At this organize the cause that driven to these three youthful men being in the ocean is completely unknown.”

It risen this week that Hampshire Police’s marine unit analyzed the body of the P&O ship The Pride of Bilbao at Portsmouth, as well as the dark box information recorder of the vessel on Tuesday.

Police accept the men’s yacht may have been in crash with a bigger vessel what’s more, the police request centered on the P&O transport after “something of
interest” was seen on the dark box.

A Hampshire Police representative said after the investigation that they are still looking for witnesses who saw The Ouzo after it cleared out Bembridge on the Isle of Wight that Sunday evening.

She included that no captures had however been made as part of the inquiry.

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