The final MCIB report into the death of Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas on September 12th, 2016 has:
■ Criticised the lack of an effective safety management system within the Irish Coast Guard, and licensing of its vessels ■ Highlighted failure to fully implement lessons learned from a previous similar Irish Coast Guard capsize in a surf zone in Dingle, Co Kerry, in 2014.
■ Called on the Minister for Transport to review the national search and rescue framework, including criteria for response to recovery – as distinct from search and rescue –operations. ■ The Irish Coast Guard called for a thorough “re-appraisal” of the MCIB initial analysis in relation to weather intelligence, safety management and licensing of craft.
■ The MCIB final report amended weather and sea state information, but maintained key findings relating to safety management, protocols, and boat licensing.