Safety issues on single operator fishing boats have been highlighted by the release of a joint report on MOB accidents involving two such vessels.
The single-handed skippers of FV Discovery and FV Breadwinner were lost overboard in October 2010 and January 2011. Risks were not adequately accounted for in either case.
While there were differences in the circumstances that led to each of these fatal
accidents, both occurred as a direct result of the working practices that were being
There have been 13 recorded fatalities on UK creel fishing vessels since the beginning of 2007, 9 of which were a result of either falling or being dragged overboard with the gear.
Of these 9 fatalities, 7 were single-handed fishing operations, with no one to witness the accident or provide assistance.