A chronic heart condition may have contributed to the death of Moses Vahai who drowned while fishing in Tauranga Harbour, the coroner says.
Dr Wallace Bain reserved his findings at today's inquest on the death of the 56-year-old, a well-known Tauranga minister, who was fishing with his son 19-year-old son when a large wave swamped their three metre run-about.
The court was told there were no lifejackets, radio, cellphone or bailing equipment onboard and the boat was overloaded.
The pair were fishing near Oruamatua Point, between Matapihi Peninsula and Welcome Bay, when the accident happened on the evening of September 21, 2011.
Mr Vahai senior's body was found the next day.
His son was unharmed.