The MCIB has issued their Report into the sinking of the “FV Alize” (above),
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has released their report into the sinking of the “FV Alize” WD 207 off Hook Head, Co Wexford on 04 January 2020.
The detailed report is the second from the MCIB and examines the circumstances into the loss of the 11.6 metre beam trawler on that fateful day.
On 03 January 2020, the fishing vessel “Alize” departed Duncannon Harbour with two persons onboard to fish for scallops. The crew members were the skipper, Willie Whelan (41) from Salthills, Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford and deckhand Joseph Sinnott (65) from Seaview, Kilmore, Co Wexford.
At 20.45 hours the following day the skipper, during a mobile telephone conversation with a family member, indicated that they were on their last tow, and would be returning to Duncannon Harbour.
The normal duration of a tow was one-and-a-half to two hours. After this time elapsed both dredges would be recovered (hauled) to the surface simultaneously with the skipper to leaving the wheelhouse and taking up his station beside the winch hydraulics controls immediately behind the wheelhouse on the main deck with clear view of both sides and the trawl gear.
At 22.34 hrs Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Dublin, were advised that an Irish registered Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) had activated seven nautical miles southwest of Hook Head. Dublin MRCC tasked Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter R117 and the Dunmore East and Kilmore Quay RNLI lifeboats to proceed to the EPIRB activation location.
Rescue helicopter R117 recovered one person from the sea. The casualty was transported to Waterford University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. An extensive search operation was conducted for the missing crew member.
The wreck of “FV Alize” was located on the sea bottom in the vicinity of the EPIRB activation position. The body of the second crew member was recovered by divers from the wreck on 24 January 2020.
The report suggests that the primary cause for the sinking of the vessel was instability.
The full report into the sinking of the “Alize” can be read by clicking here.