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Artemis fatality Investigation report: Clear drug, alcohol policy defines acceptable limits, saves lives

In its latest investigation report UK MAIB focuses on a fatal incident concerning a skipper onboard a UK-registered fishing vessel ‘Artemis’ who fell head-first through an access hatch between the vessel’s wheelhouse and its mess deck 2.1m below, resulting to severe head injuries and died. The report notes that a significant factor of the accident was that the skipper was under the influence of alcohol.

Lessons Learned: Not being safely clipped on tether leads to fatal accident

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on an incident on a yacht which was into a 10-day ocean passage when it encountered a sudden increase in wind strength during hours of darkness. As the sea conditions deteriorated rapidly, the crew began reefing the main sail in order to reduce the yacht’s sail area; head sails needed to be lowered as well. After the main sail had been reefed, one of the crew was sent below to get extra help from the off-watch crew. The crew member started helping in the cockpit with preparations for lowering the headsails, while she had not yet been clipped on her tether to one of the yacht’s jackstays.

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