NSW State Coroner's Findings on the Sydney Hobart

The Executive Summary

Tuesday December 12th 2000, Author: Nsw Coroner's Office, Location: United Kingdom
Executive Summary

FINDINGS

The provisional findings were given before commencement of the inquest proper. The findings as to date of death of the three crewmen from the yacht "Winston Churchill" were incorrect. On the evidence before me they died on the 28th December, 1998, not 27th December as originally stated. I am now able to return formal findings into each of the six deceased.

My formal findings are:-

THAT BRUCE RAYMOND GUY DIED ON 27TH DECEMBER, 1998, OF ISCHAEMIC HEART DISEASE, A NATURAL CAUSE, IN THE TASMAN SEA OFF EDEN, AT AN APPROXIMATE POSITION OF 37 DEGREES 16.5 MINUTES SOUTH AND 150 DEGREES 11.2 MINUTES EAST, WHILST COMPETING IN THE SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHT RACE AS SKIPPER OF THE YACHT "BUSINESS POST NAIAD".

THAT PHILLIP RAYMOND CHARLES SKEGGS DIED ON 27TH DECEMBER, 1998, OF IMMERSION, IN THE TASMAN SEA, OFF EDEN, AT AN APPROXIMATE POSITION OF 37 DEGREES 16.5 MINUTES SOUTH AND 150 DEGREES 11.2 MINUTES EAST, WHEN THE YACHT "BUSINESS POST NAIAD", OF WHICH HE WAS A CREW MEMBER, WAS STRUCK BY A WAVE AND OVERTURNED, HE BECOMING ENTANGLED IN EQUIPMENT AND REMAINING UNDERWATER WHILST THE SAID YACHT WAS INVERTED.

THAT GLYN RODERICK CHARLES DIED ON 27TH DECEMBER, 1998, OF IMMERSION, IN THE TASMAN SEA, OFF EDEN, AT AN APPROXIMATE POSITION OF 38 DEGREES 15 MINUTES SOUTH AND 150 DEGREES 19 MINUTES EAST, WHEN THE LANYARD WHICH WAS ATTACHED TO HIS HARNESS FAILED AT THE STITCHING, HE THEN BEING WASHED OVERBOARD FROM THE YACHT "SWORD OF ORION", OF WHICH HE WAS A CREW MEMBER.

I MAKE THIS FINDING NOTWITHSTANDING THAT THE BODY OF GLYN RODERICK CHARLES HAS NEVER BEEN LOCATED.

THAT JOHN WILLIAM DEAN DIED ON 28TH DECEMBER, 1998, OF IMMERSION, IN THE TASMAN SEA OFF EDEN, WHEN THE REMAINS OF A LIFE RAFT FROM THE YACHT "WINSTON CHURCHILL" TO WHICH HE WAS CLINGING, WAS WITHOUT WARNING STRUCK BY A WAVE, WASHING HIM BEYOND ITS REACH.

I MAKE THIS FINDING NOTWITHSTANDING THAT THE BODY OF JOHN WILLIAM DEAN HAS NEVER BEEN LOCATED.

THAT JAMES MICHAEL LAWLER DIED ON 28TH DECEMBER, 1998, OF IMMERSION, IN THE TASMAN SEA OFF EDEN, WHEN THE REMAINS OF A LIFE RAFT FROM THE YACHT "WINSTON CHURCHILL" TO WHICH HE WAS CLINGING, WAS WITHOUT WARNING STRUCK BY A WAVE, WASHING HIM BEYOND ITS REACH.

THAT MICHAEL BANNISTER DIED ON 28TH DECEMBER, 1998, OF IMMERSION, IN THE TASMAN SEA OFF EDEN, WHEN THE REMAINS OF A LIFE RAFT FROM THE YACHT "WINSTON CHURCHILL" TO WHICH HE WAS CLINGING, WAS WITHOUT WARNING STRUCK BY A WAVE, WASHING HIM BEYOND ITS REACH.

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