Man overboard from ocean rowing boat Toby Wallace with loss of 1 life
Location: North Atlantic Ocean.
Accident Investigation Report 2/2017
Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons learned:
Report on the investigation of the fatal man overboard from the ocean rowing boat Toby Wallace in the North Atlantic Ocean on 14 February 2016.
- A rower was washed overboard and drifted away from the ocean rowing boat because he was not suitably tethered
- Likelihood of survival was reduced by not wearing a lifejacket or personal locator beacon (PLB)
- Safety standards and crew preparation were insufficient to deal with the risks faced
- Commercially operated ocean rowing boats are not regulated and no minimum safety standards have been set
Recommendations have been made to British Rowing (2016/101 and 2016/102), the governing body for ocean rowing in England, and to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (2016/101) that are intended to improve the governance of UK registered ocean rowing boats and ensure minimum safety standards on board those that are commercially operated.
A recommendation made to Oceanus Rowing Ltd (2016/103) is aimed at improving the safety of its boats on ocean crossings in the future.