Research and analysis

Safety lessons: Water ingress and stability

Summary of the fatal sinking of fishing vessel Ellie May, highlighting the need to check vessels for watertight integrity and stability.



This safety message concerns probable rapid downflooding of a fishing vessel with the loss of 1 life. It emphasises the importance of checking below deck spaces, and having stability checks carried out following modifications to a vessel. The information has been prepared for members of the:

  • fishing industry