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:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Jubilee Sailing Trust
Port of registry:   Southampton
Flag:   UK
Type:   Small commercial sailing vessel
Built:   1986
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   52.02
Gross tonnage:   368.00
Date & Time   14/07/03 16:00
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

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