Accident while boarding dive support boat Sovereign II with 1 person injured

Location: Off Lee Shore, Farne Islands, England.

Completed PE Summary: Sovereign II

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Sovereign
Flag:   UK
Type:   Dive support boat
Gross tonnage:   0.01
Date & Time   13/08/05 11:28
Location of incident:   UK Coastal Waters
Incident Type:   Accident to Person
Injuries/ fatalities:   Serious injury
Damage/ Pollution:   None


While attempting to climb aboard his dive support boat from the water, a recreational diver came into contact with one of the boat’s propellers. He suffered serious injuries to his legs.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the British Diving Safety Group recommending that they:

  • review the instructions in the Harmonised Code that deal with sports diving,

  • provide other suitable advice to their members that will enhance the safety of sports diving.

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