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:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr Rodney Bowes
Port of registry:   Colchester
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fish catching processing
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   9.85
Gross tonnage:   7.69
Date & Time   29/10/03 15:44
Location of incident:   River
Incident Type:   Capsize/Listing
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