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The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released the findings of a report into the fishing accident death of a 47-year-old fisherman who died after falling overboard while working on a vessel just off the coast of Shetland in February of this year.

The report makes plain the tragedy of the incident, concluding that the man spent 49 minutes conscious in the water but was unable to be saved, despite the repeated attempts of crew members.

The MAIB made a number of safety recommendations in light of the fishing accident, particularly in relation to how emergency training drills and better managed risk assessments might reduce the possibility of similar events from occurring in the future. The report also emphasised the importance of properly prepared recovery systems for man overboard incidents.

"The crew's attempts to recover the casualty on board were unsuccessful," concluded the MAIB.

"The crewman was unresponsive when eventually recovered onto a rescue craft launched from a nearby offshore support vessel. The accident occurred because the crewman was standing in an unsafe position.

"It is one of a number of recent accidents in which fishermen have died after falling or being carried or swept overboard while trawling when the vessels' crews have been unable to recover them back on board."

The report further stated that a number of recommendations had been made to a range of bodies, including the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations, the Sea Fish Industry Authority and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.


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