Person overboard while shooting pots from potter Boy Richie II with loss of 1 life

Location: Off north east coast of Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Boy Richie II

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr Alan Harolds
Port of registry:   Wick
Flag:   UK
Type:   Potter
Built:   1998
Length overall:   13.
Gross tonnage:   16.79
Date & Time   07/03/03 10:35
Location of incident:   Scottish coastal waters
Incident Type:   Accident to Person
Injuries/ fatalities:   1 fatality
Damage/ Pollution:   None


Loss of a deckhand overboard after being snagged by fishing gear when shooting pots.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has made recommendations to the owner/skipper with reference to:

  • The provision of alternative shooting arrangements to reduce the risks to persons working on deck

  • The wearing of lifejackets by all crew working on Deck

  • The availability of a sharp knife in easy reach of the crew while shooting and hauling

  • The identification of further control measures to reduce the risks to persons working on deck via a risk assessment

Published 23 January 2015