At 0253 UTC on 25 March 2014, the wooden fishing vessel Diamond sank after hitting a rock in West Burra Firth, Shetland Islands. The skipper and crewman were recovered about 40 minutes later but only the skipper survived.
the skipper had no formal navigation qualifications although he had previously shown some navigational
competence when he steamed Diamond from North Shields to Lerwick
on the night of the accident the skipper was not making use of the sectored lights to navigate safely into West Burra Firth
it was the crewman’s first voyage to sea and he had not had any sea survival training
the vessel sank rapidly due to damage caused by the force of the collision and this did not allow the skipper and crewman sufficient time to collect their lifejackets from below decks prior to jumping overboard
both the skipper and the crewman were intoxicated by illegal and controlled drugs such that their ability to function was significantly impaired