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Davie Tait
10th August 2012, 16:57

A rescue operation has been launched after a fishing boat started sinking in the North Sea off Aberdeen.

It is understood the six crew on board the Banff-registered Audacious made it into life-rafts.

Aberdeen Coastguard has been co-ordinating the rescue since the alarm was raised at about 15:30 on Friday.

Two rescue helicopters are heading to the scene. Water had been reported above the boat's engines.


Davie Tait
10th August 2012, 16:59
latest update I have is that ALL 6 men have been picked up from the rafts , the chopper from Lossie and a Danish warship went to pick them up

Davie Tait
10th August 2012, 20:35

Six fishermen rescued after boat sinks off east coast of Aberdeen

Six fishermen who were on board a boat which has sunk off the coast of Aberdeen have been rescued.

The crewmen have been taken aboard a nearby vessel and are awaiting collection by a coastguard helicopter.

The Audacious, which is Banff registered, contacted the coastguard at around 2.30pm before sinking 40 miles east of Aberdeen.

All crew members made it to life-rafts before being rescued.

Two helicopters, one from RAF Lossiemouth and another from a Danish Warship which is on exercise in the area, were initially sent to the scene by the coastguard.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: "Weather conditions would have been good at the time."

Banff and District councillor John Cox said: “Firstly the community’s thoughts will be with the crew and their families.

“It’s one of these things they can’t pull into a layby [if there is a problem]. One of the things that is often said is that because the fleet is reduced so much it can be that boats are fairly isolated if there is a problem, when before a number of vessels in the area could have come to their aid. This highlights the need for adequate rescue facilities on hand in the area.”

He said that at recent trade meetings the safety of crews had been top of the agenda.

“Despite many of the positives statements that come out of the industry with increased income, the industry is going backwards because a lot of the money coming into the industry is going out through quota trading," he said.

“This might not relate to this particular vessel, and I’m not suggesting it does, but what is concerning the fishing community is there is a reduction in investment in the fleet as a whole because of this top slicing to pay for quota.

“There’s probably absolutely no connection with that concern and this boat, but it means the industry is on a knife edge not knowing what is going to happen in the future.”

Mr Cox said that there was evidence a lot of money going out of the industry as a whole rather than being reinvested in the fleet.

The coastguard said it was currently unclear what had caused the boat, which is 30m long and weights in at nearly 440 tonnes, to sink.

Davie Tait
19th December 2013, 18:02

Safety recommendations after sinking of Audacious fishing boat in North Sea

Marine accident investigators have made safety recommendations following the sinking of a Buckie-registered trawler in the North Sea last year.

The six crew of the Audacious had to be airlifted to safety in the North Sea more than 40 miles off Aberdeen.
Audacious Six crew were rescued from the fishing boat

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said the sinking, in August 2012, was caused when the engine room flooded, overwhelming pumps.

It said a failure of the seawater cooling system was the likely cause.

An alarm activated in the wheelhouse but this went unnoticed at an early stage because the wheelhouse was unmanned for a period.

The MAIB has made a number of recommendations.

These include that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reviews its inspection regime, that the Audacious's owner ensures inspections and training are up to date, and that a continuous watch is maintained in the wheelhouse.

It is also urging the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) to encourage boat owners to inspect seawater pipework for corrosion.

Davie Tait
19th December 2013, 18:05

Skipper of sunk trawler left wheelhouse unattended for half an hour

The skipper of a trawler that sank off the north east coast of Scotland left the wheelhouse unattended in the half-hour before the boat was lost, an investigation has found.

Six crew escaped unhurt when the Buckie-based Audacious sank in calm weather 45 miles east of Aberdeen in August 2012.

They were forced to abandon ship after the engine room flooded due to the failure of either the main sea water inlet pipe or the main engine seawater cooling system, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said.

An alarm in the wheelhouse went unnoticed until it was too late to save the vessel.

The report said: "The skipper left the wheelhouse unattended on several occasions during the 30-minute period before he noticed the change in tone of the main engine.

"This accident reinforces the importance of ensuring the wheelhouse is manned at all times to monitor equipment and alarms, as well as to maintain a proper lookout.

"As no continuous wheelhouse watch was kept, the initial activation of the engine room bilge alarm went unnoticed, and by the time the crew were alerted to the flooding it was too late to save the vessel."

Recommendations have been made to the vessel's owner about watchkeeping standards, the MAIB said.

Its investigation was carried out alongside another into the sinking of the Chloe fishing vessel off the coast of Devon in September last year.

In both cases, problems were found with the way surveys and inspections were carried out by staff from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the UK Government regulator.

Steve Clinch, chief inspector of marine accidents, said: "Both investigations reach the conclusion that the instructions provided to MCA surveyors with respect to important issues such as the testing and inspection of seawater pipework systems need to be improved.

"Of more concern is that both investigations also identified that the record keeping and management systems used by MCA surveyors require significant improvement.

"Missing intermediate inspections, and delays in the renewal survey process were noted in both cases; it is unlikely that either vessel received the level of oversight that was intended by the MCA's instructions to its surveyors."

Recommendations have been made to the MCA that aim to improve the scope, scheduling, application and record keeping of surveys and inspections of fishing vessels, he said.