Dragging anchor and contact with overhead cable by sailing yacht Pinocchio resulting in fire and 1 person injured

Location: Near Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.

Completed PE Summary: Yacht Pinocchio

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr George Rawls
Flag:   UK
Type:   Yacht
Length overall:   7.9
Gross tonnage:   0.01
Date & Time   03/06/04 14:28
Location of incident:   Strangford harbour area
Incident Type:   Accident to Person
Injuries/ fatalities:   Owner suffered burns on right arm
Damage/ Pollution:   Constructive total loss/ Unknown


While anchored in the Comber River, near Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland the yacht Pinocchio dragged her anchor and her masthead made contact with overhead 11,000 volt power cables. The owner received an electric shock and suffered burns to his right hand and arm. The yacht caught fire and was completely destroyed.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents wrote to the Northern Ireland Electricity Powerteam supporting the actions identified in their internal inquiry into the accident which included promulgating the lessons learned through the electricity supply industry.

Published 23 January 2015