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Carbon monoxide poisoning fatality, Cardiff

Owner of motor cruiser Vasquez alongside in Cardiff found deceased on board.

Library image of cabin cruiser Vasquez (photo: MAIB)
Cabin cruiser Vasquez (photo MAIB)

Update, 7 December 2016

Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to commence an investigation.

A report will produced and published in the reports section of this website. Details on the investigation process can be found here.

News story, 22 November 2016

MAIB is conducting a preliminary assessment of a fatal accident that occurred on a privately owned cabin cruiser at Cardiff Yacht Club on Saturday 12 November 2016. Shortly after midday the boat’s owner was found collapsed on the boat and despite the efforts of fellow club members and emergency services he did not regain consciousness.

At the time of the accident the boat was secured to a club pontoon. The inboard petrol engine was running and the canvas cockpit canopy was fully closed except for one zip that was undone.

Approximately 45 minutes after he had started the engine, the owner was discovered collapsed in the cabin. Two club members boarded the boat and began to administer CPR.

Paramedics arrived and immediately recognised that the rescuers were displaying symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. They removed the cockpit cover and continued to administer CPR to the owner.

The owner was transported to hospital but was later pronounced deceased. Both rescuers were confirmed as suffering from CO poisoning and treated in hospital.

Initial MAIB tests showed high levels of CO inside the cockpit with the engine running.

The boat was not fitted with a CO detector/alarm.

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Published 22 November 2016
Last updated 7 December 2016 + full page history
  1. Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to commence an investigation.
  2. First published.