Sailor thought to have drowned in Bristol Channel after going into the water to untangle rope

A sailor is thought to have drowned in the Bristol Channel after going into the water to untangle rope wrapped around his boat's propeller, an inquest has heard.

David Moore, 43, an administrative assistant from Watchet, departed Watchet Marina on his yacht Egoist on the afternoon of Saturday, June 1, 2019.

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He had travelled out to sea but failed to return to the harbour due to the strong tides. He appeared to anchor on Saturday evening. At some point, he left the area.

His boat was found washed up on Berrow Beach in Burnham-on-Sea on Monday, June 3, 2019.

With no sign of him on board, a missing persons investigation was launched by Avon and Somerset Police, with the coastguard assisting. 

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