An inquest has been opened into the death of a 65-year-old boater whose body was found in the Norfolk Broads.

David Cubberley had last been seen earlier this year on February 11. But concerns were raised a week later after his boat was discovered abandoned in the reeds.

He had previously moored the vessel at Hickling's Pleasure Boat Staithe but locals said he had moved it half a mile away to Candle Dyke, just off Hickling Broad, where it was found drifting.

Mr Cubberley lived on the boat, 'Fun 4 Us 2', after his partner, Felicity, died falling down the stairs of their home in Cromer two years ago. 

Eastern Daily Press: An inquest has been opened into the death of David Cubberley

Speaking at the time of his death, a close friend said: "They had been together for 40 years and it really took a toll on him. 

"He found it difficult to live there after her death and started living on the boat with his dog. 

"He didn't have a bad bone in his body. He was a gentle, well-mannered, likeable person going through a hard time." 

Eastern Daily Press: David Cubberley's boat being searched by police and search and rescue crews at Potter Heigham

The empty 20ft cabin cruiser was found by fishermen drifting in reeds in one of the most remote spots on the waterways. 

They went alongside and investigated the vessel, where they said food had been left on a table but found nobody on board. His dog was discovered on land nearby. 

Mr Cubberley’s body was found on February 28 following an extensive search of the area by the emergency services.

An inquest into his death was opened by the area coroner Yvonne Blake on April 3 at Norfolk Coroner’s Court, based at County Hall in Norwich

She confirmed the medical cause of death was drowning but a full inquest to determine the official cause of death will take place later this year.

The court also heard that the former art student had been born on November 3, 1958, in St Albans in Hertfordshire, and was unemployed at the time of his death.

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