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Safety failings on fishing trawler Aquarius led to fisherman’s death

An investigation has revealed that the twin rig trawler, Aquarius was “a poorly run vessel”, issued with 137 deficiencies in the years prior to the death of Nuertey Annang. The Ghanaian-born fisherman, who was 47, died on 17 August 2015 when a rope stopper parted and he was thrown “violently” overboard. The vessel was around two miles east of Aberdeen harbour in Scotland when the incident happened. Despite searches, Annang’s body was never found. A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) identifies that “The skipper and owners of Aquarius consistently prioritised the catching of fish over the safety of the vessel and its crew. This resulted in the promotion of a poor safety culture.” It found that the crew, nor their vessel “had been adequately prepared to deal with such emergency situations.” Read the story here 13:40

Death of Four Ladies Captain Larry Wayne Sears blamed on poor planning, open stern

B97557196Z.120160303131946000G9HCRDOS.11Lack of preparedness and poor adherence to regulations contributed to a fishing death off Cape Sable Island last year, according to a Transportation Safety Board investigation. On March 9, 64-year-old Shag Harbour captain Larry Wayne Sears went overboard on the Four Ladies 2003 fishing vessel and died. According to the TSB, Sears was trying to haul in another lobster trap and anchor that had fallen off the vessel when stacked lobster traps toppled onto the main deck, knocking him off. Sears was wearing a personal flotation device at the time, and the two crew members tried, unsuccessfully, to get him out of the 3 Celsius water and back onto the boat. Read the rest here 15:15

Death of woman found on lobster boat no longer considered suspicious

RCMP say the death of a 20-year-old woman found dead on a Brier Island-based lobster boat Tuesday is no longer considered suspicious. “The investigation, obviously, is still ongoing,” Const. Mark Skinner said Thursday morning. “We’ve ruled out foul play.” The woman was discovered dead in a bunk on a fishing boat as it was heading into Westport Tuesday afternoon. It’s not believed the crew knew the woman was on board. Read the article here 08:54

Life raft cause of three deaths – incorrectly stowed life raft failed to float free and automatically inflate when their vessel sank.

UK- A man who lost his son at sea says tighter safety regulations should be introduced to prevent further tragedy. Peter Prowse’s son, Robert, died along with two crewmen when their boat, the Purbeck Isle, sank. A report said a lifeboat had not been correctly fitted. His body was never found. continued