The MAIB has launched an investigation into the death of a 50-year-old Cornwall fisherman onboard the Newlyn based FV Cornishman

MAIB has launched an investigation into the death of a fisherman from Cornwall on Saturday morning

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 50-year-old fisherman onboard the Newlyn based FV Cornishman.

The victim from the Torpoint area of Cornwall died as a result of an incident on the fishing boat 50 nautical miles south west of the Isles of Scilly in the early hours of Saturday morning. Another crew member was injured during has been released from hospital after suffering minor injuries.

Devon and Cornwall Police released an updated statement this morning which read:

“Police were notified by HM Coastguard of an incident on board a fishing vessel some 50 miles off the Cornish coast at around 7.50am on Saturday 6 February.

The victim from the Torpoint area of Cornwall died as a result of an incident on the fishing boat 50 nautical miles south west of the Isles of Scilly in the early hours of Saturday morning. Another crew member was injured during.

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Devon and Cornwall Police released an updated statement this morning which read:

“Police were notified by HM Coastguard of an incident on board a fishing vessel some 50 miles off the Cornish coast at around 7.50am on Saturday 6 February.

“The incident resulted in the death of a 50-year-old man from the Torpoint area.

A second male crew member was taken to hospital in Treliske with minor injuries and was later discharged.

“The families of those involved have been informed.

“The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is conducting an independent investigation into the incident.

“Police enquires, assisted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), are continuing on behalf of the coroner.”

On the investigation an MAIB spokesperson said: “The MAIB is conducting a safety investigation into a fatal accident on the beam trawler Cornishman. Sadly, one fisherman died and another suffered injuries in the accident. A team of MAIB inspectors have deployed to Newlyn, Cornwall.”

A coastguard helicopter from Newquay and the St Mary’s RNLI lifeboat were scrambled to the scene where the incident took place on Saturday morning. The Penlee RNLI lifeboat was also launched once the fishing boat got nearer to Newlyn to help guide it into harbour.

The MAIB has launched an investigation into the death of a 50-year-old Cornwall fisherman onboard the Newlyn based FV Cornishman

A sea chart of where the Cornishman was located when the incident took place. Chart: St Mary’s RNLI Lifeboat. Image: Memory Map

St Mary’s RNLI posted on Facebook:

“The lifeboat crew were paged at 0725 to head out to assist a fishing vessel 55nm SSW of the islands which had suffered an accident on-board, resulting in 2 crew being seriously injured.

“Also tasked was the HMCG Rescue Helicopter R924 from Newquay.

“The helicopter arrived on scene first, lowered the Winchman/paramedic onto the vessel who assessed the situation and then undertook medical care for the 2 injured crew.

“The injured crew was then airlifted off the vessel and back to Treliske Truro for further medical care.

“Once the fishing gear was sorted onboard the Fishing Vessel was able to make for Newlyn without assistance.

“At this point, the Lifeboat with 15nm to run was stood down by HMCG , so turned round and set course back to St Mary’s Harbour where it was washed down and refuelled.

“Crew: Phil Woodcock , Paul Smith , Chris Jenkins , Kevin Sherris , Andrew Hicks , Truan Hicks , Eldred Banfield.

“On arrival at Newlyn on Sat evening the FV was met and assisted by the Penlee Lifeboat.

“St Mary’s lifeboat Station sends our condolences and thoughts to the skipper and crew of the FV , the Families and Friends of those involved in this tragic incident.”

MAIB launch investigation into death of 50yr-old Cornwall fisherman

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