Parting of fall wire during a rescue boat drill on car carrier Tombarra with loss of 1 life

Location: Berth 3, Royal Portbury Dock, Bristol, England.

Accident Investigation Reports 19a and 19b

Investigation report, published in two parts, into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

Part A: The failure of the fall wire

TombarraPartAReport (2,250.03 kb)

TombarraPartAAnnexes (4,864.15 kb)

Part B: The weight of the rescue boat

TombarraPartB.pdf (4,098.94 kb)

Annexes (7,487.05 kb)


MAIB Report on the investigation of the fatality of a rescue boat crewman on board Tombarra at Berth 3, Royal Portbury Docks on 7 February 2011.

Published 19 July 2012

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