Person overboard from passenger ferry Hotspur IV with 1 person injured

Location: Mooring operation at Town Quay, Southampton, England.

Accident Investigation Report: Hotspur IV

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

Hotspur IV Synopsis (7.76 kb)

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This reports the MAIB’s investigation into the man overboard from the Class V passenger ferry Hotspur IV during mooring operations at Town quay, Southampton, England on 15 October 1999. A deckhand slipped and fell overboard while throwing the forward mooring rope ashore. He struck his head during the fall, cutting his forehead, but managed to swim to the pontoon berth where he was pulled from the water.

Recommendations were made to White Horse Ferries Ltd concerning training, the provision of non-slip safety shoes for shipboard staff, and the application of a non-slip deck covering in way of the mooring positions The MCA was recommended to review the adequacy of the bulwark height on board Hotspur IV.

Published: 17 December 1999

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015