1 Trawler + 1 Whale = 2 People + 1 Esky

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Oct 072010
 
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An Aussie Esky, courtesy of America's Coleman

If it isn’t EUNAVFOR interdicting pirates it’s whales and Eskys becoming fishermens’ PFD.

With no further comment, here’s a story from AMSA –

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia coordinated the rescue of three people from the water at approximately 11.15 pm (WST) on Tuesday 5th October when a fishing vessel sank off North West Cape, Western Australia.

The 12.1 metre ex-fishing trawler Shiralee with three people on board made a Mayday call when she started to quickly sink after striking a whale approximately five nautical miles off Ningaloo Reef. A VHF radio call was relayed to the RCC Australia by the mobile offshore drilling unit, Ocean America, and was overheard by the tanker Eagle Corona which diverted to the scene. Shortly afterwards, a 406 megahertz distress beacon was detected at the location and a red flare was sighted by Eagle Corona. Weather conditions at the time of the incident were severe with 18-23 knot winds, two-metre sea levels and a three-metre swell.

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Fishermen Prefer Death To Lifejackets

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Oct 062010
 

Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. Seafarers prefer death to lifejackets.

Not so coincidental, perhaps, with the US National Transportation Safety Board’s upcoming forum on fishing vessel safety is a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Commercial Fishing Deaths—United States, 2000-2009, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It may, at first sight, seem odd that a disease prevention agency should be involved in fishing accidents but, then, the refusal to wear a lifejacket is a disease, and an apparently incurable one, in the US as it is in the UK.

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MCIB: MOB Mystery, Wasn’t Wearing Lifejacket

 Accident, Accident report, fatality, fishing, fishing boat,, Man Overboard  Comments Off on MCIB: MOB Mystery, Wasn’t Wearing Lifejacket
Sep 242010
 
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Victim's position

Marijus Rudakov fell overboard from the FV Alma Amy and drowned. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Just another one of those sad tiny tragedies doom themselves to a watery death and their families to grief by not wearing a lifejacket.

Ireland’s Maritime Casualty Investigation Board points out in its report “It is a statutory obligation for fishermen whilst on the deck of a fishing vessel to wear suitable lifejackets”.

Wearing a lifejacket is arguably also a fisherman’s obligation to his family.

Why Mr. Rudakov fell overboard is unknown. He can’t tell because he wasn’t wearing a lifejacket.

The harrowing attempts to save Mr. Rudakov are outlined in the MCIB report:

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Scots Scalloper Scalping Seafarers?

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Aug 312010
 
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Olivia Jean - keeping the pressgang alive

Look past the UK Maritime Accident Investigation Branch’s comment “From the state of the vessel, and the way in which it was being operated, it could be construed that the owner (of the Annan, Scotland-based scalloper Olivia Jean) was showing a total disregard for the safety and welfare of his employees and share-fishermen on board” and its criticism of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency “In the case of Olivia Jean, the MCA’s ability to establish and impose the regulations has been ineffective, and the owner was able to operate the vessel in flagrant breach of existing regulations” and one comes across just a hint of the dreadful and abusive conditions that applied on the vessels of Olivia Jean Ltd and TN Trawlers.

Set aside the painful hour a seafarer with ribs broken by a parted trawl wire and, at the time, undetermined internal injuries, had to wait until assistance was called for, an the appalling lack of concern for safety, read this extract:

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MAIB Fishing Digest – Tales From The Deadly Side – “1 in 20 UK fishermen can expect to die in an accident”

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Jun 032010
 

imageSafety in the fishing industry isn’t what it should be and the latest Safety Digest from Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch offers worrying statistics from mouths for survivors – and those who have watched helplessly as workmates died because safety equipment wasn’t used or procedures not in place.

Raymond Strachan, skipper of Maggie Ann, remembers: “…one of my crew
lost his balance when a rope parted that was attached to one of the scallop bellys.

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Fishing Fatalities: Time To Stop Shrugging Shoulders

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May 262010
 
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image The MOB recovery system on Korenbloem was a Markus Net. The crew was unfamiliar with it and did not know how to use it.

Frustration at the inaction and lack of political will to address unacceptably high levels of accident, injuries and fatalities in Britain’s fishing industry  is evident in a recently released report from Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch on the deaths of three seafarers in three incidents in November 2009.

The report covers Man Overboard accidents that occurred at weekly intervals that November which resulted in fatalities: On 6 November 2009, James Grindy, a deckhand on board the scallop dredger Korenbloem; 11 November 2009, the UK registered stern trawler Osprey III lost William Antonio, a Filipino deckhand; Raymond Davidson, a crewman on the creel fishing vessel Optik, was dragged overboard while shooting creels.

None of the seafarers wore lifejackets. In two cases the crew onboard the vessels did not have the skills or training to recover the MOBs quickly and effectively. Seafarers had not been adequately safety trained and job had not been evaluated to make them as safe a reasonably possible.

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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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MAIB Commends Skipper For MOB Save

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Jan 262010
 

image Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB, has commended Peter Laity, the skipper of a gill netter, Ocean Spray, for his actions in saving an MOB in December 2009. In an interview with Britain’s Daily Mail the overboard seafarer says: “I saw the net had started to go into a ball over the stern, I looked back at the boat to see if it was all okay, and took my eyes off the anchor for two seconds and that was all it took.”

Says MAIB: “The gill netter Ocean Spray was shooting the last of her ten nets when a problem with the fishing gear was seen by the deckhand on the port side of the working deck. To rectify the problem, the deckhand moved aft into the area containing the rope joining the net to its anchor, and became snagged by the rope as it payed out. He was pulled towards the vessel’s port gunwale until pinned against the safety rail by the net’s anchor.

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Alaska Ranger – Conservation Laws May Endanger Seafarers

 Accident, Accident report, Alaska, fishing, flooding, Sinking  Comments Off on Alaska Ranger – Conservation Laws May Endanger Seafarers
Nov 182009
 
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Alaska Ranger

Loss of a rudder post from the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger lead to progressive flooding exacerbated by poor watertight integrity and a unexpected sternwards movement led to the loss of five of her 47 crew, and would probably have taken more if not for the rescue efforts of the US Coast Guard and the crew of a nearby ship, the Alaska Warrior, and the vessel itself. Most of those on board were asleep at the time of the accident.

The US NTSB has issued its final report on the sinking and in part is critical of conservation laws that prohibit shipowners from replacing unsafe vessels working in some of the harshest working conditions in the world.

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