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.

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015