MAIB report into the capsize of a 5.7m motor boat and the loss of three lives off Lowestoft, March 2014

The MAIB has published a report on the investigation into the capsize of an unnamed Bayliner Capri 2000 motor boat off Lowestoft, 10th March 2014 and the loss of three lives.

The crew of this small recreation craft were inexperienced, and undoubtedly more focussed on angling than the perils of the sea. A bodged patch, low aft freeboard and general lack of danger at sea so close to land are surmised to be the root causes. The odds against these poor souls' survival were considerably worsened by having no means of raising an alarm and inadequate clothing to protect them from immersion in bitterly cold water. The one body recovered was supported by a buoyancy aid, but this afforded little protection from the elements.

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. We would welcome any feedback of course, and would be pleased to circulate any comments