Accident Investigation Report 1/2014
Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:
On 25 April 2013 fishing vessel Speedwell foundered in the Firth of Lorn, Scotland. An extensive search commenced but despite debris sighted, Speedwell was not located on the seabed until a month later. The vessel was upright and intact in a depth of 83m. The skipper’s body has not been found.
- Speedwell probably sank as a result of water ingress through an unsealed and unsecured flush deck hatch leading to the vessel’s aft store
- the bilge pump and bilge alarm in the aft store were not working
- single-handed operation of the vessel seriously compromised the skipper’s ability to deal with the situation encountered
- the skipper did not contact the coastguard until very shortly before the vessel sank
- lifesaving equipment was out of date, had not been serviced and was not used
A recommendation (2014/101) has been made to the owner of Speedwell that is intended to help ensure that any vessel he may own in the future is operated safely.
Published: 8 January 2014
Published 23 January 2015