Capsize of multipurpose fishing vessel Betty G while beam trawling

Location: Lyme Bay, England.

Accident Investigation Report 6/2013

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

BettyG.pdf (411.48 kb)


At approximately 0130 on 23 July 2012, the 9.92m fishing vessel Betty G capsized while beam trawling. All three crew were rescued approximately 10 hours later.

Safety lessons

  • the vessel capsized as a result of the load in the starboard trawl net releasing suddenly
  • no distress message was transmitted and no alarm was raised, even though the vessel was fitted with an EPIRB and MOB Guardian


A recommendation (2013/201) has been made to the owner of Betty G to assess and counter the risks associated with recovering fishing gear, and to improve crew emergency preparedness on any fishing vessel he may own in the future.

Published: 7 February 2013

Published 23 January 2015