Capsize and sinking of stern trawler Fraoch Ban

Location: Off the Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 12a/2000

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

fraoch ban.pdf (713.73 kb)


On 15 August 1999 a fishing vessel Fraoch Ban capsized and sunk off the coast of the Shetland Islands. Sand eels, stowed in bulk, caused the vessel to capsize. The skipper radioed another fishing vessel for assistance and the crew abandoned the vessel. They had to swim to the liferaft, which had floated away because it had been stowed incorrectly. One of the crew became unconscious during the swim and needed to be hauled to the liferaft. The other crew members successfully resuscitated him and he later made a full recovery.

Published: 18 May 2000

Published 23 January 2015