Sinking of small passenger ferry Vixen

Location: Ardlui Marina, Loch Lomond, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 16/2013

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

VixenReport.pdf (5,577.49 kb)

Annexes (6,323.86 kb)


On 19 September 2012 small passenger ferry Vixen foundered around 50m from the shore as it crossed Loch Lomond, Scotland. The vessel sank with six passengers and the skipper on board. Some people swam to shore and the others were rescued by a nearby boat.

The MAIB investigation found that Vixen was in poor condition and being operated contrary to legal requirements. Additionally some lifejackets were not accessible in the emergency, and none had the recommended minimum buoyancy.

Several recommendations have been made.

Published: 20 June 2013

Published 23 January 2015