Ejection of 3 people overboard from rigid inflatable boat with loss of 1 life

Location: River Test, Southampton, England.

Accident Investigation Report 28/2001

Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken and subsequent recommendations:

southampton.pdf (338.47 kb)


Three persons overboard from a rigid inflatable boat in the River Test during the Southampton International Boat Show on 22 September 2000 with one fatality.

Safety Issues

  • users of the RIB were not aware of important safety information
  • the RIB’s owners had no clear policy to ensure its safe operation


Our report makes a number of recommendations to improve safety during future Southampton International Boat Shows.

This report was published in August 2001.

Published 23 January 2015