Capsize and sinking of twin rig trawler Angela

Location: 78 miles east-north-east of Peterhead, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 14/2001

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

angela.pdf (1,750.45 kb)


This reports the MAIB’s investigation into the capsize and foundering of the fishing vessel Angela in the North Sea, England on 31 January 2000. The fishing vessel left Peterhead with a crew of five to fish in the North Sea. When the trawl was hauled there was a good catch in the nets; enough to fill the single hopper. The full hopper caused an angle of list of about 9 degrees to starboard. While the crew were gutting the catch, floodwater started to build up inside the shelter. This led to Angela slowly capsizing to starboard. All the crew were saved by the fast rescue craft from the stand-by vessel Scott Guardian. The fishing vessel sank in water about 140m deep. After the fishing vessel sank the EPIRB failed to release so it transmitted no distress message.

Recommendations have been made to the MCA, the owners and skipper of the fishing vessel.

Published: 26 April 2001

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