Accident Investigation Report 26/2002
Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken and subsequent recommendations:
At about 0424 (UTC + 1) on 24 July 2001, the crabber, Our Nicholas, grounded near the entrance to Stornoway harbour. The vessel foundered quickly and the four crew members were rescued by two passing fishing vessels.
- both of the deckhands on watch fell asleep and allowed the vessel to continue on passage, unmonitored, until Our Nicholas went aground
- the cause of the foundering was that the vessel was taken astern off the grounding site into deeper water, and the damage was so severe that she sank very quickly
- a pin in the EPIRB was found to not have been soldered in place during manufacture, causing the 406 MHz beacon to be under-powered
- the liferaft’s inflation gas pressure was not sufficient to release the liferaft from its canister probably because of a previously undetected leakage
Safety recommendations have been addressed to the owners with regard to keeping a safe navigational watch, installing a watch alarm and regularly testing EPIRBs on any vessels they own, now and in the future.
This report was published in August 2002.
Published 23 January 2015