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Small motor cruiser owner poisoned from carbon monoxide

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB deals with an incident involving monoxide poisoning. The owner of a small motor cruiser was trying to pump out water off of the engine compartment bilge. However, a little later a friend called the owner, without answer. Shortly after, paramedics found the owner unconscious, he was transferred to hospital, but never recovered consciousness.

Crew abandon yacht after it collides with whale

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes an incident where a yacht collided with a whale. Initially the crew did not notice any damages on the ship, while a slight ingress of water was being managed by the bilge pumps. However, as the time was passing more problems were beginning to arise, leading the crew to abandon the boat.

Two boaties prosecuted over intoxication in New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand informed that the Marlborough District Council’s prosecuted two intoxicated boaties, after the 13-metre launch ‘Carpe Diem’ ran aground on Mabel Island near Picton, on 4 April 2017. The two men, both of Christchurch, were fined a total of $5,625 and ordered to pay more than $1,000 costs by the Court on 1st of May. 

Boat driver nears death due to inefficient emergency air supply

During an international powerboat racing event at Stewartby Lake, Bedfordshire, on 2 July 2017, two Formula 4 powerboats collided while rounding a buoy, resulting in serious injury to one driver. The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the accident, highlighting lack of training and emergency response issues.

Yachtie convicted of sailing despite conditions

A boatie who sailed a yacht in an unsafe condition from Wellington to Westport has been sentenced to community detention, after ignoring conditions imposed by Maritime NZ that the vessel could not be operated outside Wellington Harbour. Charges were filed under the Maritime Transport Act for operating a ship in a manner that caused unnecessary danger or risk to other people.

Life-saving equipment prevents fatality after collision

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB analyzed a collision between two rigid-hulled inflatable boats, after a windsurfing race, which caused four people to fall overboard. According to MAIB, overconfidence on the boats’ handling was critical to the accident, while the fact that everyone was wearing life-saving equipment was vital to prevent loss of life.

Volvo Ocean Race sailor lost in sea

Richard Brisius, the President of the Volvo Ocean Race, informed that one of the race’s sailors, John Fisher, from Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, fell overboard and is now presumed to have been lost at sea. The Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag team performed an exhaustive search for several hours in extremely difficult weather conditions, but they were unable to recover their teammate.

EU takes legal action against three members over VAT on yachts

The European Commission decided to send letters of formal notice to Cyprus, Greece and Malta for not levying the correct amount of Value-Added Tax on the provision of yachts, as this could generate “major distortions of competition and featured heavily in the coverage of last year’s ‘Paradise Papers’ leaks.”


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