Investigators claim Skipper to blame for sinking of north-east trawler

A skipper of a north-east trawler that sank off the Atlantic coast has been blamed for causing it to capsize. The Banff-registered Kairos sank off the Isles of Scilly last May, after overturning as the crew tried to recover a lost net in rough seas. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch launched a probe into the incident, and released their findings yesterday – ruling skipper Alan Bolt’s actions were “directly” to blame for the boat being lost. The body ruled the 46-year-old did not consider the hazards of continuing to try and retrieve a lost net in worsening sea conditions, and that the boat’s loss was “inevitable”. Read the story here 14:10

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