Distress signal traced to wrong vessel
AN INVESTIGATION into the sinking of a fishing vessel off the south-west coast showed that the boat was incorrectly traced to a tied-up fishing boat in Arklow, which put the lives of the distressed crew at further risk.
A report published by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board in recent days outlines how if the incident had not occurred in daylight the crew of seven could have drowned by the time emergency services reached them.
When the MFV Discovery boat capsized on January 29, 2007 a distress signal immediately went out to the coast guard but somehow was traced to a separate vessel in Arklow which had not issued the signal.
The coastguard then determined the correct location of the stranded crew and diverted the Air Corps Casa Fishery Patrol to search the area.
It is reported that a delay of almost four hours was caused by the initial error and according to investigators could have cost the lives of the crew.
The investigation found that none of the crew members were wearing life jackets while working on deck at the time of the emergency.
It recommended that a more formal procedure must be enforced for recording call signs which correspond to specific boats.