Research and analysis

Safety lessons: locating vessels in distress

A safety message to the fishing industry on the benefits of equipping Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) with an integral Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).



Summary of the capsize and sinking of 17m twin rig stern trawler Ocean Way with loss of 3 lives, highlighting the dangers of well-found vessels broaching in high following seas, the need for freeing ports to be correct size and functioning, and helping the rescue services to arrive sooner.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • fishing industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 18 November 2015