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Safety lessons: hazards of recovering lost fishing gear
Summary of the capsize and sinking of twin-rig prawn trawler Kairos
This safety message concerns the capsize and sinking of twin-rig prawn trawler Kairos in rough seas 70 nautical miles west of the Isles of Scilly.
The flyer highlights the importance of decision making when engaged in creeping and the recovery of nets caught on fasteners when operating in heavy seas. The increase in exposure to the risks of excessive rolling, dangerous lists and capsize are significant. If in doubt, it is safer to release snagged gear and recover it later when conditions are more favourable. Further guidance on the hazards associated with the recovery of lost gear can be found in MGN 415 (F).
The information has been prepared for members of the:
- fishing industry