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:

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Our Miranda
Registered Owner/Manager Seafalke Shipping Co Ltd
Port of Registry Brixham
Flag UK
Type Fish catching/processing
Built 1982
Length Overall 25.28m
Gross Tonnage 142
Date 14/11/2002
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