Unsuitable harness nearly results in fall from yard arm of sail training vessel Lord Nelson

Location: Foreign coastal waters.

Completed PE Summary: Lord Nelson

A short summary of the accident and action taken.

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Lord Nelson
Registered Owner/Manager Jubilee Sailing Trust
Port of Registry Southampton
Flag UK
Type Small commercial sailing vessel
Built 1986
Construction Steel
Length Overall 52.02m
Gross Tonnage 368
Date/Time 14/07/03, 1600
Location of Incident Foreign coastal waters
Incident Type Hazardous incident
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution None


The near fall of a female passenger out of a harness while on the yard arm of a sail training vessel.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents wrote to:

  • The harness manufacturer and its UK distributor noting that the style of harness used by the female passenger did not provide suitable protection when working aloft and that this limitation should be brought to the attention of the customers

  • The owners of the vessel to advise that they should ensure equipment supplied to their vessel should be suitable and fit for purpose

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015