Person overboard from scallop dredger St Amant with loss of 1 life

Location: Off the north-west coast of Wales.

Accident Investigation Report 1/2013

Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken and subsequent recommendations:

StAmant-Report.pdf (2,453.59 kb)

Annexes A to F (0 kb)

Annexes G to O (4,478.97 kb)


On 13 January 2012 a crewman was lost overboard from the fishing vessel St Amant off the coast of north-west Wales.

Safety Issues

  • it was possible that the crewman tripped or slipped on part of the fishing gear or equipment that was stowed on the deck
  • the crewman was not wearing a personal flotation device or a personal locator beacon when he fell overboard


The owner of St Amant has been recommended to take action to improve both the safety of the working practices on board and the hazard awareness of the vessel’s crew. Recommendations have also been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to review and clarify aspects of its survey and inspection policy for fishing vessels.

This report was published on 9 January 2013.

Published 23 January 2015