Crush incident during transfer from bottom dump barge to tug Willem-B with loss of 1 life

Location: Nab Tower, in the eastern approaches to the Solent, near the Isle of Wight, England.

Accident Investigation Report 5/2000

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

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On 6 June 1999 a bargehand was crushed between the tug Willem-B and bottom dump barge, R8 at Nab Tower Dumping Grounds, England. At the time of the accident there was a force 3 wind and a metre swell causing both vessels to roll. As the bargehand attempted to transfer from the tug he was crushed. Despite every effort he died on the way to hospital.

Published: 8 March 2000

Published 23 January 2015