SI 2024/365
15th March 2024
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19th March 2024

Accident report published following loss of life on fishing boat

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has published a report on an accident which resulted in the loss of life to a deck hand who fell overboard from a fishing boat. The investigation found that:
• the unwritten on board process for shooting nets was unsafe and required crew to work at height without appropriate guard rails or a safety harness and tether to protect them.
• The crew were habitually wearing their lifejackets with loose waist straps and it was probable that the deckhand slipped out of his lifejacket when he fell into the water.
• The lifejackets used by the crew were compliant but unsuitable for the vessel’s operation because they were not fitted with a light, personal locator beacon, crotch strap or spray hood.