Accident Investigation Report 22/2014
Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons:
On 14 October 2013 a young child fell overboard and was recovered from the passenger ferry Snowdrop at Seacombe ferry terminal, River Mersey, England.
a 3 year old child was rescued from the River Mersey by the ship’s mate after she fell over the upper deck guardrail of the ferry Snowdrop
the location and design of the upper deck seating enabled the child to climb to the top of the guardrail
the adults responsible for the child, allowed her to stand on the seating and were distracted prior to the accident occurring
measures in place to prevent passengers from standing on the seating proved ineffective
procedures to inform the Coastguard were not followed
As a result of the actions taken by Merseytravel and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in response to this accident, no recommendations have been made.
Published: 28 August 2014
Published 23 January 2015