Research and analysis

Safety lessons: having a clear understanding of your fishing vessel's stability

Safety message to the fishing industry about checking stability when modifying small fishing vessels and particularly if changing or altering fishing methods.



A summary of the capsize and sinking of the fishing vessel Solstice with the loss of 1 life, approximately 7 miles south of Plymouth, England. This flyer also highlights lessons about the importance of wearing personal flotation devices, fitting your vessel with an Automatic Identification System and carrying an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon and/or Personal Locator Beacons.

The information has been prepared for:

  • fishing industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 6 December 2018