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:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mark Campbell
Flag:   UK
Type:   Yacht
Built:   1996
Length overall:   8.
Gross tonnage:   0.01
Date & Time   21/06/06 18:59
Location of incident:   Holyhead
Incident Type:   Accident to Person
Persons onboard:   6 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   1 fatality
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage/ No Pollution


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

Published 23 January 2015