Research and analysis

Safety lessons: assessing working deck arrangements on fishing vessels

A safety message for the fishing industry to encourage the separation of crew from gear where possible and the use of personal protective equipment.


MAIB safety flyer issued May 2010

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This summary concerns the death of 3 people after falling or being dragged overboard from UK fishing vessels Korenbloem, Osprey III and Optik during a 1 month period, highlighting the common factors found during the investigations.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • fishing industry

A combined investigation report has also been produced for these accidents.

Published 19 May 2010