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    Default Fisherman missing in Channel collision

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/8423911.stm

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    A Devon fishing boat has sunk in the English Channel after a collision with another vessel.

    French coastguards rescued three crew from the Teignmouth-registered Etoile Des Ondes, but one man is missing.

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the accident happened about 1925 GMT on Sunday off the coast of Cherbourg.

    The search for the missing fisherman was suspended after several hours, but a decision will be taken later on whether to resume it.

    A spokesman from Falmouth Coastguard said the other vessel involved in the collision has not been identified.

    All four crewmen are from the Teignmouth area.
    My deepest condolences go out to the family of the man who has been lost , especially cruel at this time of year


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    Very sad news indeed Davie ,

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    Default Hope of finding fisherman alive given up

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishupdate
    HOPES of finding alive a Devon fishermen missing since he fell overboard off the north French coast on Sunday have now been given up.

    His vessel, the Etoile des Ondes was in collision with an unidentified ship in the Channel. Three other members of the fishing vessel, which normally sails out of Weymouth in Dorset, were rescued by a helicopter and landed on a passing ferry which has since docked in France. They have been undergoing treatment but are thought to be a fairly good condition.

    The missing man is aged 21, from Teignmouth and a member of a local fishing family. His relatives have been informed. Although he was wearing oilskins, his colleagues have told French police that he was not wearing a lifejacket at the time of the collision, but even so it was unlikely that he would have survived for more than an hour two in such cold seas. Coastguards have recently been trying to encourage fishing crews to wear buoyancy aids when on deck at all times.

    The circumstances of the sinking are still under investigation, both the coastguards and police said today. So far they have not been able to establish the size or identity of the other vessel in the collision. Devon police said a full inquiry will be launched into the incident, but the English Channel is one of the busiest waterways in the world and collision remains a higher than average risk for fishing boats operating from both sides of the Channel.

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    Default Young fisherman died 'doing job he loved'

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishupdate
    TRIBUTES have been paid to the young fisherman who was lost in a collision in the English Channel shortly before Christmas.

    He has been named as 21-year-old Chris Wadsworth who after the Teignmouth-based crabber Etoile Des Ondes was in collision with an 'unidentified' vessel about 20 miles off the French port of Cherbourg.

    Three crewmen managed to get themselves into a life raft and were flown to France by a rescue helicopter but Mr Wadsworth, who was not thought to be wearing a lifejacket, went missing in the incident. Despite a major air sea search he was not found and the rescue services thought it unlikely that he would last for more than an hour or two in such cold seas.

    Speaking on behalf of the family, his sister Samantha told reporters in a tribute that her brother had a "wonderful passion for life". She said her brother had a kind heart and was a confident friendly man who had his whole life before him.

    Although he underwent a serious operation in his teenage years, he never complained about his condition and it did not stop him doing a job he loved..

    She added: " His motto was to 'live life to the max' and if he died in the process, as least he would die happy. Knowing he has been taken from us doing what he loved, is a small comfort for us. "

    Chris Wadsworth came from Bristol and had taken well to life in the fishing industry.. So far the other vessel in the collision has not been named, but the captain of a 47,000 ton Far East registered freighter now docked in Hamburg, Germany, has been questioned. Both the Devon and Cornwall police and the marine authorities in France are conducting an investigation into the incident.

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    Default Ship clue to death of fisherman

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    Detectives investigating the death of a fisherman whose trawler collided with a ship in the English Channel are moving their inquiry to Germany.

    They will speak to German police about a container ship Alam Pintar which berthed in Hamburg after the sinking.

    The officers hope they may learn clues about whether the ship collided with the Teignmouth-based Etoile Des Ondes.

    Chris Wadsworth, 21, was lost at sea when the crabber sank on 20 December and is presumed dead.

    Huge search

    The 90,000 tonne container ship Alam Pintar from Singapore is thought to have been in the same area as the Etoile Des Ondes when the collision happened about 30km (18 miles) off the French ferry port of Cherbourg.

    The trawler's skipper Chris Bibb, from Shaldon, together with Matthew Collins and Daniel Bruce, were rescued after getting into a life raft.

    A huge search for Mr Wadsworth was eventually called off.

    Det Sgt Alex Dawson said: "The collision was in international waters, so any evidence we get will be given to the Singaporean authorities who will decide if a prosecution takes place."

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    Default Fishing crew's SOS 'unnoticed' by ships

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    An investigation into a sea collision which left a fisherman dead found that vessels in the area failed to respond to distress calls.

    The Devon trawler Etoile des Ondes was run down by a bulk carrier in thick fog in the English Channel in December.

    One of the boat's crew, Chris Wadsworth, 21, was never found.

    A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch said failing to respond to the SOS was a "dereliction" of a mariner's duty.

    The 15m (50ft) crabbing vessel, based in Teignmouth, was run down by the 90,000 tonne Alam Pintar from Singapore on 20 December. The bulk carrier continued to Hamburg.
    'Poor lookouts'

    Three of the four fisherman managed to get into a life raft and let off distress flares but they were unnoticed by nearby ships.

    The MAIB said several other vessels were in the area but they also failed to respond to mayday messages that were relayed several times by the coastguard.
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    Here we are, in the 21st century, finding ships failing to respond to mayday messages

    MAIB report

    The report did not name the vessels but said poor lookouts by the crew meant the flares went unnoticed.

    The three fishermen were eventually picked up by a passing ferry.

    The report concluded: "Even at the height of war, civilised combatants went to great lengths to save the lives of sailors from enemy vessels they had sunk. Yet, here we are, in the 21st century, finding ships failing to respond to mayday messages."

    Billy Bean, of the Warsash Maritime Academy, which is part of Southampton Solent University, said: "It directly contravenes the major conventions that are set aside to guide seafarers along these lines.

    "There is a requirement by law as well as a moral obligation to answer the call of a seafarer in distress at sea and that appears to be the thing that has been ignored in this occasion."
    Makes my blood boil that so called professional seamen ignore the mayday call of a vessel in distress and ignore parachute flares. The vessels must be named and the companies brought to book with the masters banned from taking command again. If you're at sea , either as a fisherman / commercial seaman / yacht owner , you always look out for other sailors in distress as you would always want someone to come to your aid in similar circumstances.

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    Default Ship's master criticised for Teignmouth fishing death

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBC
    The master of a bulk carrier involved in a collision in which a Devon fisherman drowned has been criticised.

    Chris Wadsworth, 21, died when the Weymouth-registered Etoile des Ondes was hit by the Alam Pintar in 2009.

    A Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report said the carrier's master failed to report the collision and records were falsified or destroyed.

    The crabber, which sailed out of Teignmouth, was fishing in the English Channel in thick fog when it was hit.
    'Inexperienced officer'

    Three crew members of the Weymouth-registered crabber were rescued, but Mr Wadsworth's body was never found.

    The MAIB report said when the collision happened on 20 December 2009 about 15 miles north of the Cherbourg peninsula, the bridge of the Singapore-registered Alam Pintar was manned by an inexperienced officer and an unqualified deck cadet.

    The officer of the watch (OOW) had seen Etoile des Ondes and realised there was a risk of collision, but his initial alterations of course to avoid collision were rendered ineffective when the fishing vessel also changed course to start shooting her pots.

    Despite the OOW finally ordering the wheel hard-a-starboard, it was too late to prevent the collision.
    Alam Pintar The report said the Alam Pintar continued on its journey to Hamburg

    Both the carrier's master and OOW were aware of the collision, but the failed to stop, failed to make any attempt to confirm if Etoile des Ondes and her crew were safe, and failed to report the incident.

    After the 15m (50ft) crabbing vessel was run down, the 90,000 tonne carrier continued to Hamburg.

    The report said: "There is evidence to suggest that the crew of Alam Pintar subsequently attempted to alter recorded contemporaneous data to mask the vessel's involvement in the accident.

    It also criticised the "poor lookout" on the crabbing boat.
    Chris Wadsworth Chris Wadsworth's body has never been recovered

    Earlier this year the MAIB was highly critical of vessels it said were in the area when the crabber was hit, but failed to respond to distress calls.

    The crew of Etoile des Ondes were eventually rescued by the ferry Norman Voyager.

    The MAIB has published safety flyers for the commercial shipping and fishing industries, which identify the key safety lessons from its investigation.

    It has also made recommendations to the International Chamber of Shipping and major fishing federations highlighting the importance of effective bridge teams and the maintenance of proper navigational lookouts.

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