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Platino retrieved and crewman named

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/06/2016

Police have named the crewman swept from the yacht Platino this week and the vessel is being towed back to Auckland.

He was Steven Forno, 53, from Devonport.

Auckland man Nick Saull, 47, was killed in what is believed to be a rigging accident on board the 20m Platino in rough weather 550km north of New Zealand on Monday.

Three surviving crew, reported to be Ross McKee and vessel owners Brent and Victoria McKeogh were rescued by the container ship Southern Lily.

The tugboat Sea Pelican left Whangarei on Tuesday, with a maritime officer on board, to recover Mr Saull's body, which is still on the yacht, on behalf of the coroner.

It was towing Platino back to Auckland after reaching the yacht, which was in reasonable condition, at about 8.35am on Friday, Inspector Vaughn Graham said.

Insp Graham said formal identification was yet to take place but the body on board was believed to be that of Mr Saull, he said.

Police are investigating on behalf of the coroner.

Maritime New Zealand announced on Wednesday the search for Mr Forno had been suspended.

He was understood to have been lightly clothed and not wearing a life jacket.

The survivors have said what occurred was "a terrible tragedy of nature".

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