maib investigate death trawler

MAIB will investigate the death of a crewman onboard the trawler, Honeybourne III PD 905. Photo: Marine Traffic/Ian Greenwood

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch will investigate the circumstances which led to the death of a crewman onboard the Honeybourne III PD 905 16 nautical miles southwest of Beachy Head, East Sussex on Friday 06 October last.

The man was found dead onboard the UK-registered boat after what has been described by the MAIB as a “failure of fishing gear”.

Sussex Police were notified by HM coastguard of a mayday call being received from a vessel at about 01:40 BST on the morning in question.

A man was confirmed to have died on the boat, which was subsequently brought into Shoreham, a police spokesperson said.

It has also been noted that no suspicious circumstances were identified by police.

The vessel was met in Shoreham by police officers and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

Police said officers are supporting an investigation by MAIB.

An MAIB spokesperson said: “The MAIB has deployed a team of investigators to conduct a preliminary assessment.”

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