Are you safe to be sleeping aboard?

A screaming horn breaks through the night. Startled awake the crews of a bank of moored yachts blearily being to think. There’s a wild, deep thrashing and screaming resonating in the hull. Sinister and so very different from the utterly regular Thump, Flump, Thump, of a freighter in the channel. Before sea-boots can be reached … Read more

High speed pass: fatal disaster

On the evening of 25 May 2019, at sea in the vicinity of Cannes, the Yacht Vision was under the command of an unqualified master who was a regular, if moderate, of cannabis. Influenced by charter party requests, he attempted a very high speed pass of the anchored yacht Minx. The attempt failed, and Vision … Read more

Want to stay alive? Wear a PFD / Lifejacket.

Three people sailing in keelboat

Wear a lifejacket (PFD). It’s a marine safety mantra. Yet people still opt out. A study of six years of RNLI incident data shows that in all inshore, coastal and near water activity wearing a lifejacket is indisputably the dominant factor in survival when things go wrong.

Holy angels on the loose

The Christmas story is full of Angels. Not nice metaphorical angels, but fearful bearers of the news of heaven, breaking into the both ordered and hardscrabble human life. As we live through the Third Lockdown of Coronatide, God’s holy angels who announced the birth of the Christ in Bethlehem, are still on the loose. These … Read more

Fatal casualties in recreational marine incidents. A Norwegian perspective

Small boats moored at Norwegian jetty

In a scoping study of recreational marine accidents in Norway 2008-2018 the Norwegian marine incident branch collated information about recreational fatalities, and incidents. Half the fatalities were attributable to drowning, associated with capsize especially in the context of small vessels, falling overboard, or falling between jetty and vessel. Due to collection methods the most reliable … Read more

Abandoned ordnance still hazards fishermen

Shortly before Christmas 2020 the 12m fishing boat Galwad-Y-Mor was hauling her gear when an underwater explosion occurred. The ships company of 7 were all injured, some in life changing ways. The boat was heavily damaged and but for the good practice of the crew would have sunk. The presumption at this stage is that … Read more