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    Apr 2007
    Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    Default Faithful Friend

    Here's more details of the sinking from our local news.

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    Default Cup of coffee led to loss of vessel

    Monday, 08 December 2008 14:23
    A FRASERBURGH-registered stern trawler was lost off the West of Scotland after her skipper left the wheelhouse, according to an official report of the incident.

    The wooden-hulled Faithful Friend II foundered and then sank on November 6 while on passage to the fishing grounds when the skipper left the wheelhouse to make a cup of coffee, according to the preliminary inquiry report issued by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

    The report states the vessel had been on a north-easterly course with the autopilot engaged and it was dark.

    The trawler was within 0.5miles of the shore when she struck charted rocks off Bayble Island off North Lewis, and started to take water rapidly.

    The skipper immediately alerted the vessel's two deckhands who were asleep below and a Mayday was transmitted by the vessel before skipper and crew abandoned ship and took to a liferaft.

    The mens' plea for help was picked up by the local coastguard and by a nearby fishing vessel which recovered the men from the liferaft within 15 minutes

    Faithful Friend II sank shortly afterwards.

    The MAIB add that the Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the vessel's owners "strongly advising" them to ensure that watch-keeping practices adopted on any fishing vessels they own or skipper in the future are in accordance with the guidance provided by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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