Investigation finds inexperience resulted in accident
A 17-METRE scallop dredger had to be scrapped after running aground near the entrance to Sound of Mull on August 24 last year.
A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) found the boat, the St Apollo, was off course due to sailing north of its planned route while the skipper was asleep in his bunk.
The wheelhouse watch keeper re- duced his engine speed and alerted the skipper, but the vessel grounded before he reached the wheelhouse.
After the boat began to list the crew abandoned into a life raft and were picked up by the Oban lifeboat that was standing by.
At 05.05am, St Apollo toppled onto its starboard side and remained partially submerged in shallow water. The vessel was subsequently salvaged but was beyond economic repair.
The MAIB investigation said: ‘ Although the watch keeper held a skipper’s certificate, insufficient situational awareness, a lack of knowledge, experience and a low state of arousal resulted in him being unable to effectively meet the challenges he faced alone and at night in such confined waters.’