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Snowdrop Accident Investigation Report

Published 28 August 2014

The safety issues identified are:

  • A 3 year old child was rescued from the River Mersey by the ship’s mate after she fell over the upper deck guardrail of the ferry Snowdrop.
  • The location and design of the upper deck seating enabled the child to climb to the top of the guardrail.
  • The adults responsible for the child, allowed her to stand on the seating and were distracted prior to the accident occurring.
  • Measures in place to prevent passengers from standing on the seating proved ineffective.
  • Procedures to inform the Coastguard were not followed.

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Suntis Safety Bulletin 3/2014 published

Published 14 August 2014

The safety issues identified are:

  • Three crew collapsed and died after entering an oxygen deficient compartment on board the vessel.
  • It is likely that the second and third crew members entered the space to attempt to rescue their colleagues(s).
  • The vessel had no rescue plan or appropriate rescue equipment in place.
  • It is fortunate that more lives were not lost during the disorganised rescue attempt.

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