Collision, or close-quarter situation, between trawler Ocean Hound and unknown vessel resulting in trawler capsizing with loss of 5 lives

Location: Off Ramsgate, England.

Accident Investigation Report: Ocean Hound

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Capsize of the fishing vessel Ocean Hound with the loss of five lives on 10/11 August 1991. Ocean Hound was probably involved in a collision or very close quarter situation with an unidentified vessel, causing her immediate capsize.

Safety Issues

  • the unknown vessel did not stop or report the accident. It is possible that the vessel was unaware of the collision; however, Ocean Hound’s presence ought to have been recognized well before the event if a proper lookout was being kept


Recommendations have been made to multiple organisations as a result of our investigation.

This report was published on 10 September 1992.

Published 23 January 2015