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Mr Barnes concluded either Peter or Jim Tunstead had fallen into the water behind the boat while trying to retrieve a lure which had become tangled around the boat's rudder.
The other brother had subsequently fallen in while attempting a rescue.
Mr Barnes found the vessel's skipper Mr Batten was trying to adjust the sails so he could turn around and go back for the two men, but a change in wind direction caused the yacht's boom to swing and knock him overboard.
"Once the three men were in the water there was very little chance they could get back on the boat as it was blown before a 15 knot wind and they struggled in lumpy seas", Mr Barnes said.
"It would be beyond their reach in seconds.
From that point, the end would have been swift.
None of them was a good swimmer, the seas were choppy, the men would quickly have become exhausted and sunk beneath the waves.''
He labelled the sequence of events "a freak accident''.
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