An inquest into the death of three boaters has been put on hold, pending a report from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch

The inquest into three people who died when their motorboat got into trouble in high seas has been adjourned until July 16.

John Carrick, his brother Andrew Carrick and his partner Jill Russell were in their 24ft cabin cruiser Last Call near Whitby Harbour in November when they were struck by waves of up to 30ft. Although they were all rescued from the water they all later died in hospital.

The inquest began yesterday with the court hearing that an off-duty policeman tried to warn the trio by calling out to them shortly before their boat capsized. The investigation has now been put on hold until the findings of a Marine Accident Investigation Branch report, shortly due for its 30-day consultation period, are published in July.