Person overboard from sailing yacht Huw Jars with loss of 1 life

Location: Holyhead, Wales.

Completed PE Summary: Huw Jars

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Recreational Craft/Accident Details
Vessel Name Huw Jars
Registered Owner/Manager Privately owned
Flag UK
Type Yacht
Built 1996
Length Overall 8m
Date/Time 21/06/2006, 1859
Location of Incident Holyhead
Incident Type Accident to person
Persons Onboard 6 crew
Injuries/Fatalities 1 fatality
Damage/Pollution Minor Damage/None


The skipper from the sailing vessel Huw Jars fell overboard during a sailing club race. He was not wearing a lifejacket and, although rescued within 10 minutes, he had drowned.

Action taken:

The Chief Inspector has written to the sailing club recommending they:

  • the requirements to carry and wear lifejackets

  • the need for a backup, adequately experienced, crewman in case a skipper falls overboard or is incapacitated

  • the need to establish man overboard procedures and provide appropriate equipment

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015