Accident Investigation Report 26/2014
Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons:
On the afternoon of 4 December 2013, a fisherman went to sea alone from the beach at Cadgwith, Cornwall, England on his 3.9m long boat. Once darkness fell, friends and family became concerned that he had not returned and the alarm was raised with the coastguard. Following a search, he was found, semi-conscious, in the water by a commercial survey vessel and airlifted to hospital where he was later declared deceased. The boat was found 4½ days later, 35 miles east of Cadgwith.
The report found that:
- The fisherman did not have adequate safety equipment for single-handed operation,
- He fell overboard (the boat was not in a collision),
- The kill-cord was not used and the boat continued away from him,
- He did not give anyone a firm return time nor advise them on actions to take if he was overdue,
- He had no means to raise the alarm.
Published: 18 September 2014