Jul 192012
 

Tombarra

An overstressed fall wire caused the fall of  the fast rescue boat on board the UK registered car carrier, Tombarra, which then plummeted some 29m from its davit into the water below, killing one of the rescue boat’s four crew says the UK’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB. Among the causes was a non-working proximity switch and concern is raised about an overweight fast rescue boat.

The MAIB investigation has identified a number of factors that contributed to the accident, including:

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Mar 072011
 

Tombarra

Contrary to some reports the tragedy aboard the Wihelmsen-operated ro-ro car carrier Tombarra in which one mariner died and three were injured on 7 February involved a fast rescue craft, FRC, rather than a lifeboat.

Lifeboats are designed for evacuation, not recovery, a concept that has proved to be dangerously limited over the past two decades, but FRCs are, or should be designed for both launch and recovery, so the tragedies that occur when they fall are especially worrying.

An investigation is underway. Local news reports refer to the breaking of a strap. Continue reading »

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