Novice Sailor dies of hypothermia after falling off boat

Wed, 17 Jul 2013

Company director Hany Mustapha, 46, died from hypothermia after falling overboard from his yacht hours after he purchased it.

Mr Mustapha set sail alone from Poole, Dorset, in October last year. The yacht was found hours later, empty with the engine still running, when it ran aground on the Isle of Wight. Five days later Mr Mustapha’s body was found floating in the sea off the Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight Coroner Caroline Sumeray recorded the tragic death as an accident. She said: “Whilst it is clear Hany Mustapha had some experience of boats and some experience of marine qualifications, he I think overestimated his abilities in respect of that trip he took in those conditions on that day.”

The hearing heard that he died from hypothermia. It is thought that the boat had not made it far out of Poole harbour before he fell overboard.

Mr Mustapha and his wife, Liz Brown, has joined a Yacht Club in September 2011 and had planned to retire early and travel together.

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