An inquest into the death of a Larne man who drowned after his boat capsized in Larne Lough has heard that he and his fishing partner 'could not afford lifejackets'.
His friend on board was able to swim to shore and raise the alarm, but Nixon's body was not recovered until two weeks later.
The court heard that a problem with an engine seal was the cause of the seizure, which would have been prevented by servicing.
Nixon was returning from fishing for whelks with John Kyle in a heavily laden boat when the accident occurred, just 200 metres from the shore.
The deceased father-of-two had been eager to pay for his upcoming stag night and a planned Christmas trip to New York for his fiancée.