Flooding and sinking of trawler Crimond II

Location: 30 miles north-east of Scarborough, England.

Accident Investigation Report 8/2002

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

crimond-2.pdf (641.63 kb)


Crimond II capsized and foundered at about 0630 on 24 April 2001, as a result of flooding which the crew had discovered a couple of hours earlier.

Safety issues

  • the bilge alarms did not give warning that flooding was taking place

  • the deckhand had not attended the mandatory safety courses

  • defective pipework, hull damage or back flooding could have been the sources of flooding

  • the skipper should have informed the coastguard as soon as the flooding was discovered


Our report makes a recommendation to the skipper and the other owner, to ensure that in future, all the crew that they employ have attended basic safety training courses, if required. The other owners, who has interests in a number of fishing vessels, is recommended to apply the MCA’s proposed enhanced requirements for bilge alarms as soon as possible. A recommendation has been made to the MCA regarding the specification of EPIRBs.

This report was published in February 2002.

Published 23 January 2015