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:

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Boy Richie II
Registered Owner/Manager Privately owned
Port of Registry Wick
Flag UK
Type Potter
Built 1998
Length Overall 13m
Gross Tonnage 16.79
Date/Time 07/03/2003, 1035
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