Coroner findings on skipper lost at sea

The Bay of Plenty coroner has reserved his findings into the cause of death of charter yacht skipper Richard Rusbatch who went missing at sea in February 2012.

But Dr Wallace Bain said given the evidence presented at the inquest hearing held in Tauranga today there did not seem to be any doubt that 56-year-old Mr Rusbatch had fallen off the boat, and was dead.

The inquest heard that exhaustive searches failed to find any traces of him after Mr Rusbatch's leased 38-foot charter yacht Honfleur was found motoring in circles 11 nautical miles east of Mayor Island at 8.50pm on February 14.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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