Person overboard from creeler Barnacle III with loss of 1 life

Location: West of Tanera Beg, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 1/2015

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:



MAIB Report on the investigation of the fatal manoverboard from the creel fishing vessel Barnacle III west of Tanera Beg on 13 May 2014.

At about 1027 BST on 13 May 2014, crew member Gary Forbes was dragged overboard and under water from the 11.35m creel fishing vessel Barnacle III as the vessel was shooting the second of two fleets of creels west of Tanera Beg, west coast of Scotland. Gary surfaced a short while later, face down, about 50 metres from the vessel. He was not wearing a PFD. Despite being quickly recovered on board by the skipper, who then administered CPR, Gary did not survive.

Published: 8 January 2015

Published 23 January 2015