Person overboard from beam trawler Our Miranda with loss of 1 life

Location: Entering Shoreham Harbour, England.

Completed PE Summary: Our Miranda

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Seafalke Shipping Co Ltd
Port of registry:   Brixham
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fish Catching/Processing
Built:   1982
Length overall:   25.28
Gross tonnage:   142.00
Date & Time   14/11/02
Location of incident:   Shoreham Harbour Area
Incident Type:   Accident to Person
Injuries/ fatalities:   1 fatality
Damage/ Pollution:   None


A fisherman was lost over board as the fishing vessel he was working on entered the harbour in heavy weather.

Action taken

A letter was sent to the Coroner highlighting the contributing factors to the accident:

  • The casualty was not wearing a lifejacket

  • The casualty was wearing oilskins and wellington boots

  • There was an ebb tide and undercurrent at the harbour

  • The wind conditions would have limited any call for help to be heard

  • The weather and sea conditions would have adversely affected survival time

Published 23 January 2015