Fire in accommodation area on fishing vessel Lisa Leanne with loss of 1 life

Location: Berthed in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, England.

Completed PE Summary: Lisa Leanne

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Lisa Leanne
Registered Owner/Manager Privately owned
Port of Registry Plymouth
Flag UK
Type Fishing vessel
Built 1999
Length Overall 9.6m
Gross Tonnage 9.76
Date/Time 10/12/2005, 1012
Location of Incident Plymouth harbour area
Incident Type Fire
Persons Onboard 2 crew
Injuries/Fatalities 1 fatality
Damage/Pollution Minor damage


A crewman died on board the fishing vessel Lisa Leanne, whilst it was moored alongside. He had returned to the vessel in the early hours of the morning to sleep onboard, and was smoking a last cigarette in the accommodation space, when he fell asleep or unconscious and his cigarette started a smouldering fire. The crewman died of smoke inhalation without regaining consciousness.

Action taken:

The Chief Inspector has written to the owners of the Lisa Leanne highlighting the benefits of fitting a simple smoke alarm and employing fire resistant materials for upholstery and coverings.

Published 23 January 2015