Research and analysis

Safety lessons: passenger safety on RIB tours

Summary with key safety issues following the collision between RIBs Osprey and Osprey II resulting in serious injuries to 1 passenger.


MAIB safety flyer issued May 2017


This safety message concerns rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), specifically the importance of formally risk assessing power turn manoeuvres; the significant risk of musculoskeletal injuries to those seated on the inflatable tubes and the increased risk to passengers of falling overboard and/or being exposed to serious injuries injury in the event of a collision.

The information has been prepared for members of the

  • small commercial vessel industry

Further publications

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident and is available to download from the reports section of this website.

Published 18 May 2017