Entanglement while shooting fishing gear from twin rig stern trawler Solstice II with loss of 1 life

Location: 25 miles south-west of Rockall in North Atlantic Ocean.

Accident Investigation Report: Solstice II

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

solstice-2.pdf (212.58 kb)


While the 40m Banff-registered, twin rig trawler Solstice II was fishing the grounds off Rockall, a member of the crew was fatally injured.

Safety Issues

  • there were a lack of safety guards fitted to the winches
  • the casualty placing himself in danger
  • inability of the skipper to operate both winches and effectively monitor the actions of the crewman on deck
  • the risk assessment was ineffective in that it did not reflect safe standard operating procedures specific to Solstice II


Recommendations have been addressed to the skippers and owner of Solstice II, the person who carried out the risk assessment and to the MCA.

This report was published in May 2001.

Published 23 January 2015