Completed PE Summary: Speedboat/Seraphica
A short summary of the accident and action taken:
||Recreational Craft/Accident Details
||The driver suffered facial injuries
||Both craft sank
The speedboat was in poor condition mechanically and fitted with non-standard navigation lights that were not in compliance with the Collision Regulations. During a late night river trip it struck the stern of the moored motor cruiser Seraphica. The damage sustained resulted in both craft sinking. The speedboat was uninsured. The driver of the speedboat suffered severe facial injuries but, fortunately, his two passengers were flung clear and were largely unhurt.
The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the speedboat owner to advise that:
The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has also written to the local Harbour Master to suggest that he consider improving guidelines to harbour patrols with respect to the inspection of leisure craft.
Published 23 January 2015