Man overboard from scallop dredger King Challenger with loss of 1 life
Location: 12 nautical miles south-west of Scalloway, Shetland Islands, Scotland.
Accident Investigation Report 5/2017
Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons learned:
Report on the investigation of a fatal man overboard from the scallop dredger King Challenger (BA 87) south-west of Scalloway, Shetland Islands on 23 June 2016.
Following the accident, the owners of King Challenger prohibited their crews from climbing onto tipping doors without the use of a harness and lifeline, instructed all its skippers to conduct manoverboard drills on a monthly basis and purchased specialist equipment and implemented fleet-wide procedures for the recovery of an unconscious casualty from the water.
- Working on open tipping doors of scallop dredgers without wearing a lifejacket and being secured by a lifeline
- Recognition of the risk of walking on the tipping doors
- Rescue of an unconscious casualty from the water
- Very short survival times due to cold water incapacitation at water temperatures below 15ºC
The vessel owners have been recommended (2017/106) to review the risk assessment for all the vessels in their fleet, paying particular attention to the risks associated with maintenance tasks. .
A safety flyer highlighting a number of the safety issues was produced for this report.