Capsize of sailing yacht Ocean Madam with loss of 1 life

Location: Bay of Biscay

Accident Investigation Report: Ocean Madam

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

Ocean Madam.pdf (1,443.63 kb)


Yacht Ocean Madam capsized during heavy weather in the Bay of Biscay on 8 October 1997. One crew lost his life and two survivors were rescued by a French naval helicopter.

Published: 9 April 1998

Published 23 January 2015