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    rip boys yet another great lose all for a few fish starting to wonder if all this is really worth it

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    Default Rescue delays would not have prevented trawler tragedy

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    DELAYS in getting to the scene of a fishing tragedy off the West Coast of Scotland last year were unlikely to have affected the outcome of the accident, an investigation has found.

    The scallop dredger Aquila, which was from Cumbria on the West Coast of northern England, capsized off Ardnamurchan Point, in the west Highlands, last July.

    The men who died were the skipper and owner Tony Hayton, aged 45, and Peter Hilton and Thomas Sanderson, both aged 52 and who were all from Cumbria. One man who has not been named survived the tragedy. All were described as experienced fishermen.

    The report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch found Aquila's trawling equipment had become snagged on the seabed. which caused the boat to roll to one side and allow water in.. Although the skipper attempted to take action, the boat then rapidly capsized as it was hit by a series of large waves.

    Clyde coastguard ordered a search and rescue helicopter, but then realised the accident had occurred outside its area of operation. Control was transferred to Stornoway coastguard and a Prestwick-based helicopter that ready to take off was stood down.

    The report said: "Had the Prestwick-based helicopter been authorised to take off at this time, based on actual flight times, it would have arrived on scene 23 minutes earlier than the eventual arrival time of the first helicopter. The decision to stand down the helicopter was regrettable and premature." It added: "While it is unlikely that the delays in tasking searchand rescue resources affected the outcome of this tragic accident, in differing circumstances they might have had very serious consequences."

    The report also found the Aquila had met the stability standard for larger fishing vessels when it was built, but since then a significant amount of ballast and additional fishing gear had been added, which meant at the time of the accident she no longer met those requirements.

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    Default Fishing boat Aquila's rescue helicopter was 'delayed'

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    An investigation into the deaths of three Cumbrian fisherman off the west coast of Scotland found rescuers were delayed by 20 minutes.

    The scallop dredger Aquila overturned in July last year after a trawling cable became snagged on the seabed.

    The report found communication errors delayed the rescue helicopter.

    Investigators said it was "unlikely" this would have affected the outcome of the accident but the deaths had led to a review of coastguard procedures.

    Aquila overturned off Ardnamurchan Point, in the west Highlands, on 20 July 2009.

    Skipper and owner Tony Hayton, 45, from Cumbria, died along with Peter Hilton and Thomas Sanderson, both aged 52 and also from Cumbria.

    The sole survivor was a 32-year-old man who has not been named.

    He spent an hour and 20 minutes in the water before being picked up by a yacht.

    The report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) found Aquila's trawling equipment had become snagged on the seabed.

    Rapid capsize

    This caused the boat to roll to one side and water entered the galley through the open door.

    Although the skipper attempted to take action, the boat then rapidly capsized as it was hit by a series of large waves.

    The accident was witnessed from the shoreline by a holidaymaker, who telephoned the emergency services.

    Clyde coastguard immediately tasked a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter, but then realised the accident had occurred outside its area of operation.

    Control was transferred to Stornoway coastguard and a Prestwick-based helicopter that ready to take off was stood down.
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    The boat capsized just north of the village of Kilmory, in Ardnamurchan

    The report said: "Had the Prestwick-based helicopter been authorised to take off at this time, based on actual flight times, it would have arrived on scene 23 minutes earlier than the eventual arrival time of the first helicopter.

    "The decision to stand down the helicopter was regrettable and premature."

    It added: "While it is unlikely that the delays in tasking SAR resources affected the outcome of this tragic accident, in differing circumstances they might have had very serious consequences."

    The incident has prompted the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to carry out a review of procedures for handover of live incidents between coastguards.

    The rescue co-ordination centre at RAF Kinloss has now became the single tasking authority for SAR helicopters.

    'Vulnerable' vessel

    Analysis undertaken by the MAIB also found Aquila had met the stability standard for larger fishing vessels at the time of build in 1988.

    But a significant amount of ballast and additional fishing gear had been added, which meant at the time of the accident she no longer met requirements.

    The report added: "In a following sea, given the reduced levels of stability, the vessel was particularly vulnerable when her gear snagged on the seabed."

    The crew of Aquila were described as experienced and investigators found no evidence that fatigue had contributed to the accident.

    The fishing industry has been alerted to the safety issues highlighted in the report.

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    Default Aquila dredger deaths fatal accident told of survivor

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-12522830

    The sole survivor of the capsizing of a scallop dredger in July 2009 managed to use planks to keep himself afloat, a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) has heard.

    Timmy Rowley, 32, was picked up by a passing yacht, but skipper Tony Hayton, 45, died along with Peter Hilton and Thomas Sanderson, both aged 52.

    The Cumbrian crew's boat, the Aquila, overturned off Ardnamurchan Point, on the west coast of Scotland.

    An Ayrshire-based fishermen has told the FAI how he searched for the crew.

    Eric McIlwraith, 48, of Girvan, regularly worked alongside the Aquila and had known Mr Hayton for about 20 years.

    Mr Hayton and his crew, who were all from Maryport in Cumbria, were off Ardnamurchan while Mr McIlwraith was dredging off the island of Mull.

    The Aquila overturned after a trawling cable became snagged on the seabed.

    Mr McIlwraith headed for the scene after he failed to reach the Aquila's crew on his mobile phone.
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    It can be risky. It is part and parcel of the job. It is dangerous”

    End Quote Eric McIlwraith Fisherman

    He told the FAI at Fort William Sheriff Court: "When I got to the scene the vessel was upside down floating.

    "There were two lifeboats and another fishing vessel on scene.

    "I got involved in the search. We were out for about an hour and a half. The lifeboat picked up someone, but we never found anything."

    Mr McIlwraith said the seabed off Ardnamurchan Point was known for snagging lines and it could be a regular occurrence.

    He added: "But the fishing is good, that's why we go there.

    "But it can be risky. It is part and parcel of the job. It is dangerous."

    Last year, a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) suggested rescuers sent to the scene were delayed by 20 minutes.

    The report found communication errors delayed a Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter.

    MAIB investigators said it was "unlikely" this would have affected the outcome of the accident but the deaths had led to a review of coastguard procedures.

    The inquiry, which is expected to last five days continues.

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    Default Aquila dredger survivor tells of crew's final moments

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    The sole survivor of a Cumbrian scallop dredger which capsized off Scotland's west coast has broken down while giving evidence at a fatal accident inquiry.

    Tim Rowley, 33, wept as he told of his crew-mates' final moments after the Aquila snagged a line on the seabed and was turned over within four seconds.

    Skipper Tony Hayton, 45, died along with Peter Hilton and Thomas Sanderson, both aged 52, on 20 July 2009.

    All four were from Maryport in Cumbria.

    The accident happen off Ardnamurchan Point in the west Highlands.

    Mr Rowley told the inquiry at Fort William Sheriff Court how the crew tried to save themselves.

    He said: "The snag came over hard fast. All of a sudden water was coming gushing in the door. Four seconds, and the boat was upside down."

    Mr Rowley said he was in the galley and when the boat capsized had to swim underwater to get through a door to the surface.

    After he got free, Mr Rowley said he saw Mr Hayton, who had also managed to get himself out of the Aquila.

    However, Mr Hayton was some way off.

    Mr Rowley next saw Mr Sanderson face down in the sea.

    He swam to him found that he was dead.

    Grabbing some planks floating in the water, Mr Rowley then went to the aid of Mr Hilton.

    The survivor said: "He was groaning and moaning, complaining about his back.

    "I managed to keep his head above water. I had his back towards my chest and the board between us.

    "I told him I wasn't going to let him die. But after a while, about 20 minutes, he passed away and died in my arms. I had to let him away to save myself."

    After almost 90 minutes in the water, Mr Rowley was rescued by a passing yacht.

    The inquiry Sheriff Paul Crozier continues.

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    Default Aquila capsize witness thought 'he was not believed'

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    A man who witnessed a scallop dredger capsizing has told an inquiry that coastguards did not appear to believe him when he called to raise the alarm.

    Three fishermen, all from Maryport, Cumbria, died when the Aquila overturned off Ardnamurchan Point on 20 July 2009. One crewman survived.

    Outdoor sports instructor James Lancashire said he alerted the coastguard in a "cool, calm" voice.

    He said: "Their response over the phone was 'oh really?'"

    Skipper Tony Hayton, 45, died along with Peter Hilton and Thomas Sanderson, both aged 52. Tim Rowley, 33, also from Maryport, survived.

    Mr Lancashire, 36, who works at Outward Bound Ullswater in Cumbria, told the fatal accident inquiry (FAI) in Fort William Sheriff Court on Wednesday he was on a family holiday at the time.

    He said he was on a beach when he saw the Aquila's blue and white hull heaving up and down in the sea and then only its brown bottom and propeller.
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    It just appeared from their attitude they weren't taking my call seriously”

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    Mr Lancashire said he could not get a signal on his mobile phone so cycled four miles back to his holiday accommodation to make the call.

    He said: "It just appeared from their attitude they weren't taking my call seriously, not believing me when I told them I had just seen a fishing boat turn upside down and I could see the bottom of it and its propeller.

    "Their response over the phone was 'oh really?'

    "Maybe it was because I was speaking in a cool, calm voice and not an excited panicky one."

    Mr Lancashire said it was some time later before three coastguard officers arrived at his accommodation.

    He said one officer confirmed on a radio to their base that a boat seemed to have turned over.

    The inquiry continues.

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    Default Scene of capsized dredger Aquila 'wrong' says RAF

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    The coastguard gave the RAF the wrong location of a capsized Cumbrian scallop dredger, an inquiry has heard.

    Three of the crew died and one man survived when the Aquila overturned near Kilmory, in Ardnamurchan.

    Flt Lt Michael Rodgers, an RAF air rescue coordination controller, said Clyde coastguard first gave the location as Kilmory, in Argyll.

    When the error was realised, a Royal Navy helicopter was stood down and Stornoway coastguard helicopter sent.

    Skipper Tony Hayton, 45, died along with Peter Hilton and Thomas Sanderson, both aged 52, in the incident on 20 July 2009.

    Tim Rowley, 33, also from Maryport, survived.

    A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into their deaths has been hearing evidence at Fort William Sheriff Court.

    Flt Lt Rodgers, was on duty at the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre at RAF Kinloss in Moray.

    He said that both the Royal Navy helicopter stationed at HMS Gannet, at Prestwick, and Stornoway coastguard helicopter should have been sent to the scene because of the number of casualties.

    The officer told the FAI on Thursday: "If Clyde coastguard had told us the first position was wrong and here is the correct one we would have been in a position to advise them.

    "There are several Kilmory's on the west coast of Scotland and the Clyde coastguards had misidentified the Kilmory."

    The inquiry continues.

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    Default Aquila inquiry hears from pathologist

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    THE ONGOING inquiry at Fort William Sheriff Court into the deaths of three fishermen has been told underlying health problems may have ‘accelerated’ their deaths.

    Peter Hilton, Thomas Sanderson and Tony Hayton died when their scallop trawler Aquila capsized off the coast of Fascadale, Ardnamurchan on July 20, 2009.

    Consultant pathologist at Raigmore Hospital Dr Rosslyn Rankin conducted the post-mortems, and she said the men died as a result of drowning and their only injuries were small bruises.

    But Dr Rankin also said Mr Sanderson and Mr Hayton had clogged arteries around their hearts, meaning coronary problems ‘could have accelerated’ their deaths.

    The inquiry earlier heard from survivor Timothy Rowley that Peter Hilton had complained of back pain before he died, but Dr Rosslyn said she found no signs of injury to his spine or ribs.

    The inquiry will recall on March 21.

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    Aquila sinking probe told of rescuers’ shift-change delays

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    Coastguards assure protocols have been changed since three drowned off ardnamurchan
    Aquila sinking probe told of rescuers’ shift-change delays

    By catriona macphee

    Published: 20/04/2011

    A fatal accident inquiry into the drowning of three crew from the scallop dredger Aquila heard that more than five requests for information about the rescue were put on hold until a shift change at Stornoway Coastguard control centre was completed.

    Protocol guidelines have since been altered to require teams to stay on duty if they are involved in a serious rescue operation.

    Unedited tapes of crucial conversations between Clyde and Stornoway Coastguard control centres yesterday helped shed light on the handing over of co-ordination responsibility from Clyde to Stornoway.

    Sheriff Paul Crozier, who is conducting the inquiry at Fort William, previously ordered that full transcripts be brought to court after they were not initially provided by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

    The inquiry previously heard that, due to “confusion”, there was a near 20-minute delay in requesting a rescue helicopter to fly to the scene of the upturned boat.

    Clyde Coastguard had scrambled a Royal Navy aircraft from Prestwick, but cancelled it when they discovered that the Aquila was in Stornoway Coastguard’s area.

    However, Stornoway was not informed for some time that the RN helicopter was no longer heading for the accident scene.

    During almost three hours of recordings it was revealed that six vessels responded to the mayday call off the Ardnamurchan peninsula to help in the search effort.

    The inquiry heard that, despite having just been recovered from the sea, the only surviving crew member Tim Rowley insisted on remaining in the coastguard boat to assist with the rescue operation.

    The 45ft Aquila’s skipper, Tony Hayton, 45, and crew members Peter Hilton and Martin Sanderson, both 52, all from Maryport, Cumbria, drowned in July 2009, when their trawl wires snagged on rock on the seabed near Bo Faskadale, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

    The inquiry continues today with evidence from watch officer David Smith, of Stornoway Coastguard.

    Read more: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Art...#ixzz1K4ZESzPd

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