Lessons From Aquila Triple Fatalities – Check Your Mods Professionally

 Accident, Accident report, capsize, fishing, MAIB, Safety Alerts  Comments Off on Lessons From Aquila Triple Fatalities – Check Your Mods Professionally
Apr 162010
 
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Scalloper Aquila - Ballast had been modified

Planning to add ballast or make other modifications to your vessel? Get a competent person to check the effects on stability, says a safety flyer for the fishing industry from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB. Also make sure that the risks of fishing gear becoming snagged, particularly when trawling downwind, are fully assessed to ensure appropriate control measures are in place to prevent water ingress or capsize.

The safety flyer comes in the wake of MAIB’s report on the capsize of the scallop dredger Aquila after she became snagged on the seabed while trawling, downwind, in moderate to heavy seas near the isle of Eigg.

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Does Scottish trawler tragedy highlight call for life jacket redesign?

 Accident, Articles, fishing, lifejacket, Personal protective equipment, scallop dredger, Sinking  Comments Off on Does Scottish trawler tragedy highlight call for life jacket redesign?
Jul 222009
 

by William Redmond, UK Correspondent

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Lifejackets save lives but might need rethinking. Photo: Marine and Coastguard Agency

Mystery surrounds the sudden sinking of the scallop dredger, Aquila, off Ardnamurchan Point in the Western Highlands on July 20, in which three of the four-man crew perished, including the skipper, Tony Hayton.

The survivor was picked up by the yacht, Arran Comrade, responding to a May day call, within one hour of the trawler capsizing at 1710 BST. He was released from hospital shortly after. The alarm was raised by a member of the public who watched the sudden capsizing of the vessel from shore.

Fishing is Britain’s most dangerous occupation and such sinkings are all too common. All the crew were experienced and new the waters well though the sea conditions were described as rough. One suggestion is that the trawler’s gear

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