Capsize of cockle dredger Phoenix resulting in loss of vessel

Location: Pyefleet Creek, River Colne, England.

Completed PE Summary: Phoenix

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Phoenix
Registered Owner and Manager Privately owned
Port of Registry Colchester
Flag UK
Type Fish catching processing
Construction Steel
Length Overall 9.85m
Gross Tonnage 7.69
Date/Time 29/10/03, 1544
Location of Incident River
Incident Type Capsize
Persons Onboard 3 crew
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Constructive total loss/pollution caused


The 9.85m fishing vessel capsized during a fishing trip in Pyefleet Creek, a narrow tributary of the River Colne.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has made recommendations to the vessel’s owner with reference to:

  • Vessel’s stability

  • Use of personal buoyancy aids

Published 23 January 2015