Accident while hauling gear in heavy weather on stern trawler Venture II with loss of 1 life

Location: Off north west coast of Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Venture II

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Venture II
Registered Owner and Manager Venture II Fishing Company
Port of Registry Banff
Flag UK
Type Fish catching/processing
Built 2001
Length Overall 28m
Gross Tonnage 468.00
Date/Time 28/01/03, 0049
Location of Incident Foreign high seas
Incident Type Accident to person
Injuries/Fatalities 1 fatality
Damage/Pollution None


Fatal accident to crew member while hauling fishing gear.

Action taken:

The Chief Inspector of marine accidents has made the following recommendation to the owner/skipper of the vessel:

  • Refrain from fishing in weather conditions, which impose a danger to the crew when working on deck

  • When hauling, especially in poor weather conditions, endeavour to haul the fishing gear head to weather, which will afford the crew a degree of protection

  • Ensure the control measures identified in the risk assessment are complied with

  • Revisit your risk assessment regularly and involve all members of the crew in the process

Published 23 January 2015