Report on fatal bulker/fishing vessel collision

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) released the report of its investigation of the collision between a bulk carrier and a fishing vessel in the Dover Strait on 20 December 2009. As a result of the collision, the fishing vessel sank and one crewmember lost his life. The officer of the watch on the bulk carrier failed to render assistance following the collision and failed to report the marine casualty. The fishing vessel fired flares and activated its EPIRB. The Jobourg MRCC issued three "Mayday Relay" messages, but none of the vessels in the area responded. Eventually, a passing ferry observed the flares and rendered assistance.

Source: UK MAIB