Capsize of dinghy with loss of 4 lives

Location: Sound of Iona, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report

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

the sound of iona.pdf (1,092.45 kb)


On 13 December 1998 five men were crossing the Sound of Iona, on the west coast of Scotland, in a small dinghy with outboard engine. The dinghy pitched into a wave, capsized and threw all five occupants into the sea. None were wearing lifejackets so clung to floating objects or the upturned boat. One man, separated from the others, swam to shore and raised the alarm. The other four men died.

Published: 12 March 1999

Published 23 January 2015