Person overboard from fishing vessel Produce with loss of 1 life

Location: Coastal waters off Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Produce

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr W Ham
Port of registry:   Wick
Flag:   UK
Type:   Potter
Built:   1982
Construction:   Wood
Length overall:   6.09
Gross tonnage:   1.24
Date & Time   0/09/03 18:18
Location of incident:   Scottish coastal waters
Incident Type:   Accident to person
Persons onboard:   1 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   1 fatality
Damage/ Pollution:   None


Experienced single-handed fishermen lost overboard whilst creel fishing. His vessel was washed up on to the rocks. The Fisherman was not wearing a lifejacket and subsequently drowned.

Action taken

No recommendations were made as a result of this PE. However, the MCA were informed that the vessel had not been inspected in accordance with the code of practice for small fishing vessels and it appeared there was no awareness of the code itself.

It was also established that a lifejacket study by the RNLI & Seafish was due to get underway in spring 2004.

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