In­ves­ti­ga­tion finds in­ex­pe­ri­ence re­sulted in ac­ci­dent

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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