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Deaths Of Fisherman Off 1770 Focus Of Upcoming Probe

The sinking of fishing trawler The Dianne will come under the microscope in 2019.

News Corp reports a joint pre-inquest conference was held in the Coroners Court in Mackay on Tuesday.

The inquest will consider the deaths of Adam Jeffrey Bidner, 33, Zachary John Feeney, 28, Adam Ross Hoffman, 30, Benjamin Patrick Leahy, 45, Christopher David Sammut, 34, and Eli Davey Tonks, 39, when Cairns-based FV Dianne sank off the coast of 1770 on October 16, 2017.

Ruben McDornan was the sole survivor.

News Corp also reports that the deaths of David Barry Chivers, 36, and Matthew Neil Roberts, 61, in the sinking of the Fishing Vessel Cassandra off the Fraser Coast on April 4, 2016 will be considered too.

The aim will be to determine how the eight men died in separate sinkings and what caused their deaths.

The Coroner will examine what led to the sinkings, whether the trawlers were compliant with all stability requirements and whether safety or emergency devices aboard the vessels deployed or operated as intended according to News Corp