F/V Louisa: Fishermen drowned because of faulty gas cylinder used for life raft

Three men who drowned at sea after their fishing boat sank during the night would “almost certainly” have survived if a gas cylinder used to inflate their life raft had been properly maintained, a sheriff has concluded. Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle says “dysfunctional” working practices at maintenance firm Thameside Fire Protection meant a CO2 cylinder on board the Louisa had been misleadingly labelled as full when it was empty. “It is also beyond doubt that the reason the liferaft did not inflate was because the CO2 cylinder did not work.” >click to read< 14:15

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