MAIB report into death by drowning of fisherman Luc De Craemer Jan 2013

The UK MAIB has today published its report on the investigation of the man-overboard from the trawler VIDAR off Milford Haven on 28 January 2013 resulting in the death of deck hand Luc De Craemer.
Some synergies with our world, and again a tragic loss of life which would have been avoided by wearing a lifejacket. The exposure risk to the crew on deck was unnecessary given it was not urgent and the vessel was moving towards sheltered waters.

The crew responded quickly to the emergency but had great difficulty in recovering Luc from the water. Consequently, valuable time was lost and two of the vessel's crew put themselves at risk. VIDAR did not carry any dedicated means of recovering a man overboard, and the crew had not completed any on board manoverboard drills. Indeed, manoverboard drills often focus on maintaining sight of the casualty, manoeuvring the yacht and recovering the casualty/target/plastic drum in calm waters. We would not encourage exposure by conducting such exercises in foul weather, but it may be worth a table top exercise or general discussion in how to recover a casualty in high seas.

The deceased had recently taken methadone and cannabis, but the extent to which this affected his decision-making abilities or influenced his actions is not known.

For those on board Watkins' managed boats, please ensure that all crewmembers are given an opportunity to read this and confirm so in your next HESS meeting minutes. I can be contacted at any time if anyone has any questions.