Capsize and sinking of side trawler Pescalanza with loss of 6 lives

Location: 82 miles south-west of Mizen Head, Republic of Ireland.

Accident Investigation Report: Pescalanza

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

pescalanza.pdf (569.30 kb)


On 2 November 1998 Pescalanza (PZ 744), a Spanish owned 32 metre fishing vessel, was 82 miles south-west of Mizen Head in Ireland. The vessel was fishing when it capsized and sank in the rough seas. 12 people were on board; six were recovered alive by another fishing vessel, along with four deceased. Two persons were not found.

Published: April 1999

Published 23 January 2015