Fall on foredeck of dive workboat Jean Elaine with loss of 1 life

Location: 15nm north-west of Cape Wrath, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 25/2013

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

JeanElaine-MAIBReportNo25-2013-.pdf (3,202.89 kb)


On 14 August 2012 while 15 nautical miles north-west of Cape Wrath, Scotland, an experienced recreational diver fell onto the deck of the dive workboat Jean Elaine. Although it was not immediately apparent it is likely that during the fall his diving gear caused significant internal injuries. Having been helped back to his feet by the boat’s crew, positive indication was made to continue with the dive and the diver entered the water unaided. During the dive the casualty began an unplanned ascent losing control of his breathing and buoyancy shortly afterwards. Despite efforts in the water, on board Jean Elaine and by emergency services, he was later pronounced dead.

As a result of this investigation, two safety recommendations have been made to improve the arrangements for recreational divers when operating from workboats.

Published: 5 December 2013

Published 23 January 2015