On a voyage down the west coast of Scotland and off the north west coast of Ireland
severe weather was encountered with winds reported of up to force 11.
On the morning of the 28th January 2003, the ford liferaft broke
free from its cradle and inflated.
After being hit by a large wave breaking over the bow of the ship
whilst attempting to re-secure the raft, two crew members lost their lives and a third one was seriously
injured but survived and was airlifted from the vessel to Galway Hospital.
COMMENTS FROM THE REPORTING PARTY (IRELAND):
The element of the report dealing with pollution prevention aspect of this incident
and the structural defects on the ship and subsequent detention and discharge of HFO to tankers is missing.
4. Issues Raised/Lessons Learned:
As long as there is no direct danger to the safety of the ship and her crew,
crew members should never be sent on deck during severe weather conditions.
The loss of life of two crew members and the serious
injuries sustained by a third crew member are a high price to pay for an attempt to secure a liferaft.