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:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr T Marvan
Port of registry:   Harwich
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fishing Vessel
Built:   1984
Construction:   1984
Length overall:   7.47
Gross tonnage:   4.01
Date & Time   25/07/04 10:07
Location of incident:   River
Incident Type:   Flooding/Foundering
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