lessons learned

Improperly manufactured keel leads yacht to capsize

UK MAIB has published its report on the UK registered charter yacht, Tyger of London, whose keel failed suddenly on 7 December 2017 and the yacht capsized. The crew, all wearing lifejackets, were thrown into the water and rescued by the British Army yacht, St Barbara V.

Lessons learned: Sailing in shallow waters leads to grounding

In its latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB describes a case of a yacht grounding during an ocean race. With respect to this incident, MAIB advised that every vessel sailing at sea needs a passage plan that has identified all potential hazards for the voyage ahead.

Fatal fall onboard pleasure yacht attributed to alcohol

Transport Malta MSIU issued an investigation report on a fatal fall onboard the pleasure yacht ‘La Polonia’, while moored at Porto Maurizio, Italy. On the morning of 4 July 2018, the chief stewardess was found lying on the floor of her cabin, unresponsive, with her legs on the stairs.

RIB fatalities stress need of compliance with safety rules

Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on two fatalities involving a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) at Malin Beg Head, in July 2017. With respect to this incident, MCIB reminded individuals of the necessity to comply with the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft.

UK MAIB: Lessons learned after yacht keel failure

On the aftermath of a keel failure which caused the UK-registered commercial yacht ‘Tyger of London’ to capsize off Tenerife, Canary Islands, back in December 2017, the UK MAIB issued a safety bulletin for owners of yachts fitted with shallow draught, lead keels.

Skipper ordered to pay $17,500 after running over a diver

New Zealand’s North Shore District Court has ordered an Auckland boatie to pay $17,500 in reparation, after running over a diver and seriously injuring him. Maritime Rules impose a speed limit of 5 knots (9 km/h) within 50 metres of a person in the water and 200 metres of a boat flying a dive flag.

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.

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.

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.

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