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Amy Jane

Amy Jane Accident Investigation Report

Published 18 September 2014

The safety issues identified are:

  • The fisherman did not have adequate safety equipment for single-handed operation,
  • He fell overboard (the boat was not in a collision),
  • The kill-cord was not used and the boat continued away from him,
  • He did not give anyone a firm return time nor advise them on actions to take if he was overdue,
  • He had no means to raise the alarm.

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Paula C and Darya Gayatri Accident Investigation Report

Published 17 September 2014

The safety issues identified are:

  • Paula C’s recently qualified officer of the watch did not effectively use radar ARPA or AIS data available to maintain a proper lookout. As a result, after taking action to avoid the fishing vessel, the second officer lost his situational awareness.
  • Paula C’s officer of the watch was inexperienced and had not yet developed sufficient competency to keep a safe navigational watch alone and at night in the Dover Strait.
  • The intervention on the radio by Dover Coastguard was timely and well-intended. However, Paula C’s officer of the watch was almost certainly inadvertedly influenced by the call into turning towards Darya Gayatri.
  • Despite it being dark, an additional lookout was not posted on board Paula C.
  • Paula C’s master’s decision to allow an inexperienced officer to keep the bridge watch alone in the Dover Strait at night was ill-judged.

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