Person overboard from vivier crabber Peadar Elaine with 1 person injured

Location: 30 miles south west of Prawle Point, Devon, England.

Completed PE Summary: Peadar Elaine

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Port of registry:   Dartmouth      
Flag:   UK      
Type:   Vivier Crabber      
Built:   1992      
Construction:   Steel      
Length overall:   18.35m      
Gross tonnage:   128.00      
Date & Time   30/11/06, 23:20      
Location of incident:   30 miles SW of Prawle Pt, Devon      
Incident Type:   Injury to person      
Persons onboard:   6 Injuries:   Laceration to forehead, chest contusions, broken toe
Damage/ Pollution:   None      


An injured fisherman was being airlifted from Peadar Elaine by a SAR helicopter when it became necessary for the helicopter crew to guillotine the winch wire due to the casualty being dragged violently towards the boats rail. This resulted in the fisherman going overboard in adverse weather, in darkness and without a lifejacket. Fortunately the man was wearing a flotation suit, and, only because he was conscious, he was able to float face up. The skipper manoeuvred the boat alongside the casualty who was then recovered by his crewmates hanging over the bulwark rail whilst others held onto their legs.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents wrote to the owner of normal Peadar Elaine commending the vessel’s skipper and crew on their seamanship skills but also highlighting the danger that the rest of the crew were placed in due to the lack of a man overboard recovery system. It was suggested that man overboard recovery should be reviewed as part of their risk assessment.

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