Snagging, capsize and sinking of fishing vessel Boy Andrew

Location: River Stour, England.

Completed PE Summary: Boy Andrew

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Boy Andrew
Registered Owner/Manager Privately owned
Port of Registry Harwich
Flag UK
Type Fishing vessel
Built 1984
Length Overall 7.47m
Gross Tonnage 4.01
Date/Time 25/07/2004, 1007
Location of Incident River Stour
Incident Type Snagging and capsize
Persons Onboard 2 crew, 1 passenger
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Material damage


Foundering in the River Stour.

Action taken

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

  • Wearing of lifejackets by crew - with particular reference to emergency situations.

  • Methods employed to release fishing gear which has become fast on an underwater obstruction.

  • The option to slip and mark fishing gear for recovery at a later date

  • Proper assessment of risk before attempting to jump a fastener.

The hazards associated with trawling are clearly identified in MGN 265 (F). However, these will be reiterated in a forthcoming Safety Digest article.

Published 23 January 2015