Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat unable to save ‘condemned’ fishing boat

The Yarmouth RNLI crew were unable to save a sinking fishging ship that is alleged to have been condemned by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) two years ago.

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The Yarmouth RNLI all weather lifeboat, The Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) was called to assist a 45ft fishing boat which was taking on water in Christchurch Bay at 3pm on Saturday 6th August.

The two man crew of the fishing vessel were taken off their boat by the Lymington inshore lifeboat which had been tasked to help a nearby vessel.

The Yarmouth lifeboat arrived at about 3.30pm and put a salvage pump aboard in order to try to keep the vessel afloat.

However, due to excessive debris inside the vessel, the pump frequently blocked and pumping had to be abandoned after twenty minutes and the vessel allowed to sink.

Not fit for sea?
Eyewitness accounts reported that the vessel was in no fit state to be at sea. Indeed it is alleged that it had been condemned by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) two years ago.

Engine room hatches and doors to the wheel house were missing making the boat excessively vulnerable to sinking, should sea swamp the deck.

In the event, the condition of the hull was such that the crew could be taken off in fine weather before such a disaster occurred.

Image: © With kind permission of Nick Edwards

Sunday, 7th August, 2016 12:20pm


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6 Comments on "Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat unable to save ‘condemned’ fishing boat"

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It’s about time these deathtraps were forced to have MOTs and failures should be seized and scrapped.


It is not the boats. It is the owners, or the people who go to sea in them who are the problem. It is about time the MCA got off their butts and started investigating and possibly prosecuting people who negligently stand themselves into danger and require assistance from the rescue services.


Surely it’s both?

The best mariner in the world isn’t going to be safe in an unseaworthy vessel.

On the road both drivers and vehicles are licensed. Perhaps the same should apply to the water?


…. and have to have at least 3rd party insurance. If boats were treated similarly, the RNLI could make the lubbers claim on their insurance.

Any competent mariner has far more sense than to go to sea in an unseaworthy boat. There is more to it than just navigation. It is knowing the level of maintenance of the vessel, and the capabilities of craft and crew. Being responsible for their safety, and the safety of others. As when driving on the road, there are rules and regulations to be learned and obeyed.… Read more »
Andy Edwards
I see there seems to be a lot of angry people over the saftey of this boat WHAT no one’s been told is the coastguard were on this vessels only 12hrs before it sank and they forgot to mention that 2 harbour masters boats escorted this unsafe boat out to sea and didn’t mention to the crew on board of this boat that it had been condemned… Read more »