Capsize of rigid inflatable boat Atlantic Eagle

Location: Off St Justians, Ramsey Sound, Wales.

Accident Investigation Report 24/2001

Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken and subsequent recommendations:

atlantic-eagle.pdf (145.42 kb)


On 28 September 2000, the RIB Atlantic Eagle capsized during a ‘white-water’ adventure trip in confused water in the vicinity of Horse Rock, between Ramsey Island and the Pembrokeshire coast. The twelve passengers and two crew were quickly recovered by another RIB in close proximity. Although many of the passengers were shaken and sustained minor injuries, none were seriously injured.

Safety Issues

  • the RIB was being operated in an area of very turbulent and confused water which was too severe for the coxswain to maintain control


Recommendations have been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Thousand Island Expeditions.

This report was published on 25 May 2001.

Published 23 January 2015