Capsize and sinking of mussel dredger Charisma with 1 person injured and loss of 1 life

Location: Carlingford Lough near Rostrevor pier, Northern Ireland.

Accident Investigation Report 38/2002

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Capsize of the fishing vessel Charisma (OB 588) with the loss of one crew member at Carlingford Lough 30 January 2002.

Safety Issues

  • effect of undetected flooding, probably via the manual bilge discharge pipe, in combination with the heavy load of mussel bags on deck


A recommendation is addressed to the MCA with reference to the loading of fishing vessels under 15m length overall.

This report was published in November 2002.

Published 23 January 2015