Person overboard from keelboat Wahoo with loss of 1 life

Location: Off Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England.

Accident Investigation Report 2/2000

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

wahoo.pdf (1,076.66 kb)


A sailing student was knocked overboard from the Etchells 22 Keelboat, Wahoo, off Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England. He was hit by the boom when the boat gybed accidentally. Two instructors, who were accompanying the sailing boat in a diesel launch, were unable to recover him from the water. Initially reporting no injuries the student quickly tired and fell unconscious. Despite continuous efforts resuscitate the casualty he was later declared dead.

Published: 28 January 2000

Published 23 January 2015