Flooding and sinking of potter Rebecca Kay

Location: Off Bideford Bar Buoy, North Devon, England.

Accident Investigation Report 37/2001

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On 20 April 2001, the fishing vessel Rebecca Kay had sunk off Bideford Bar Buoy, North Devon.

Safety Issues

The only possible source of water entry to the engine space, other than a split in the hull, was through a hull connection. With the vessel having recently undergone a major refit with all hull connections checked, the point of entry is most likely to have been the engine exhaust hull penetration and connection at the stern. Deliberate interference with the exhaust connection has been suggested, but no evidence is available to support this allegation.


No recommendations have been made as a result of this report.

This report was published in November 2001.

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015