Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Suspected Death of Arthur Edwin MOZES

Inquest into the Suspected Death of Arthur Edwin MOZES

Delivered on :25 February 2020

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Coroner Vicker

Recommendations :N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : N/A

Summary : In the late evening of 6 October 1971 Arthur Edwin Mozes (Mr Mozes) was seen aboard the MBC Lyra while anchored off Dampier Port in the outer harbour approximately 20 kilometres north of Dampier Port. When Mr Mozes failed to report for duty at 8.00am on 7 October 1971 it ws discovered he was missing and his bed did not appear to have been slept in. No report or trace of Mr Mozes has been bought to the attention of police since this time.

Mr Mozes disappearance was reported via radio to the Dampier Port Control and provided to the police. Police boarded and searched the ship, interviewed the crew and established that Mr Mozes had disappeared from a party in the cabin of the ship’s electrician sometime after 10.30pm on 6 October 1971. It was confirmed Mr Mozes appeared to be in a distressed state and had spoken, when sober, about swimming in the Dampier waters. A search was conducted from air sea and the islands surrounding the Dampier area. There has been no trace or sighting of Mr Mozes since that date.

The Coroner was satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt Mr Mozes went overboard from the vessel sometime late on 6 October 1971 or early on the 7 October 1971. The Coroner was unable to say how he died although he probably drowned, once he was in the water. The Coroner made an Open Finding as to how death occurred.

Catch Words : Long Term Missing Person : Overboard Shipping : Drowning : Open Finding

Last updated: 24-Mar-2020

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