Research and analysis

Safety lessons: dangers of recovering lost fishing gear

A safety message to the fishing industry highlighting the hazards associated with recovering nets in heavy seas.



Summary of the capsize and sinking of twin-rig prawn trawler Kairos in rough seas, 70 nautical miles west of the Isles of Scilly highlighting the key safety lessons learned during the investigation. It includes the significant increase in risk of excessive rolling, dangerous lists and capsize. 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.

The information has been prepared for members of the:

  • fishing industry
Published 9 March 2016