An inquest has today (Tuesday) heard how a sailor from Kingston-upon-Thames died of hypothermia after falling over board from a boat he had just purchased before his body was discovered off of the coast of the Isle of Wight some four days later.
Hany Nabil Mustapha had just purchased a boat before setting off from Poole in Dorset on 27th October 2012, en-route to Hayling Island. With little sailing experience, Hany tackled the rough seas, however a member of the public spotted that the yacht ‘Brigand’ ashore at Grange Chine in Brighstone with a sail up and the engine still running, but no sign of the skipper.
A major air, land and sea search was launched involving Coastguard helicopters from Portland and Lee on Solent, Yarmouth and Mudeford RNLI lifeboats, Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Lymington, The Needles, Southbourne and Swanage.
Mr Mustapha’s body was spotted 4 miles off of Sandown on 1st November by a passing Naval ship, before Bembridge Lifeboat recovered the body, taking it to Portsmouth Harbour.
The inquest heard how a kill switch fitted to the boat was not worn by the deceased, meaning the boat continued unmanned, leaving Mr Mustapha adrift at sea. He died from hypothermia.
Verdict: Accidental death.