Completed PE Summary: Yacht Pinocchio
A short summary of the accident and action taken:
||Recreational Craft/Accident Details
|Location of Incident
||Strangford harbour area
||Contact and fire
||Owner suffered burns on right arm
||Constructive total loss of vessel
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.
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