Person overboard from potter Gradely with loss of 1 life

Location: Near the Treshnish Isles, west of the Isle of Mull, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 9/2000

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

Gradely - Synopsis (34.47 kb)

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This reports the MAIB’s investigation into the man overboard from fishing vessel Gradely, with the loss of one life, near the Treshnish Isles, west of the Isle of Mull, Scotland on 28 October 1999. The fishing vessel’s crew were about half-way through shooting the last string of pots while fishing for crab and lobster. The crewman was standing on the starboard gunwhale while shooting the pots when his left foot became caught in a loop of the back rope, which then dragged him overboard. He was a non-swimmer and was not wearing a lifejacket at the time of the accident. The fishing vessel was stopped, put astern, and then manoeuvred toward the crewman who had been dragged overboard. As the fishing vessel came alongside the crewman he sank below the surface.

Recommendations are made with regard to safety training, a safer method of handling pots, and the wearing of lifejackets on deck.

Published: 20 April 2000

Published 23 January 2015