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Marine Casualty Investigation Board Invites Applications for Investigators
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board invites applications for inclusion on a panel of suitably qualified investigators to carry out contracted marine casualty investigations on behalf of the Board. To obtain additional information, interested persons should use any one of the…
Caitriona Lucas’ Coastguard Unit Lacked Effective Management, Says MCIB Report
#Coastguard - There was no evidence of effective management at Kilkee’s coastguard station when volunteer Caitríona Lucas died during a rescue operation almost two years ago, according to a draft report into the incident. The Irish Times has details of…
Brussels Raises Concerns Over Independence Of MCIB
#MCIB - The European Commission has questioned the independence of Ireland’s Maritime Casualty and Investigation Board. According to The Irish Times, Brussels says the MCIB board “lacks the necessary independence” from the Department of Transport and the Marine Survey Office…
The PV Mary Ann of Dunloe, pictured here, was carrying its maximum of 12 passengers with four bicycles at the time of the incident
#MCIB - Marine investigators have highlighted a series of poor practices in their report into the flooding of a small passenger ferry on Lough Leane last September. Twelve passengers and the boat’s master were tipped into the water when the…
Caitriona Lucas was a volunteer with Doolin Coast Guard
#MCIB - An official investigation into the death of coastguard volunteer Caitriona Lucas remains ongoing, as the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) confirms. Lucas, a volunteer for the Irish Coast Guard’s Doolin unit, died on 12 September 2016 during a…
Patsy Kelly’s lobster boat Loch Corrib II pictured at Ballinacourty pier a month after the incident
#MCIB - Marine investigators have recommended that fishermen be reminded of best practice for wearing PFDs while on the water. That’s the main recommendation from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board’s (MCIB) report on an incident in Galway Bay last September…
The deck and bulwarks of Michael O’Brien’s boat Bluebird II, which was found empty the evening before his remains were recovered
#WaterSafety - The dangers of boating without proper safety equipment have been raised by a report into the death of an angler who went overboard from his vessel off West Cork last summer. The body of Michael O’Brien was recovered…
One of the two passengers who entered the water holds onto the end of the gangway of the Rose of Aran before his rescue in the incident on 6 June 2016
#MCIB - Lack of safety management contributed to an incident in which two people fell into the water while disembarking from a ferry at Inis Oírr Pier last summer. That’s according to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report on…
Interim Report Into Prawn Trawler Fatality Off Slea Head
#MCIB - The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) is continuing its inquiry into the death of a fisherman who went overboard from a prawn fishing trawler off Slea Head a year ago. The interim report released today (Friday 23 June)…
The Irish Coast Guard were involved in the search for Jamie McAllister, whose body was recovered on Saturday 27 May
#MCIB - The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) will this week begin its inquiry into the sinking of a fishing vessel off Skerries last Friday (26 May) that claimed the life of a local fisherman, according to The Irish Times.…
Marine Notice: Hi-Line Protocols For Helicopter SAR Assistance
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) details the proper hi-line protocols when receiving assistance from a search and rescue helicopter. The notice follows the findings of last year’s MCIB report into…
Photograph of the two-person canoe that capsized in the incident off Kenmare on 31 January 2016
#MCIB - Basic water safety precautions were not taken before a canoe capsize incident that led to the drowning of a man off Kenmare almost a year ago. That’s the main conclusion of the official report into the tragedy in…
The remains of Pegasus following salvage from Galway Bay off Rinville
#MCIB - A loose gas hose is the most likely cause of an explosion that sank a restored classic yacht in Galway Bay earlier this year, according to the official investigation into the incident. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, an…
The boat pinned to trees in the Shannon hours after the tragic incident on 4 February 2016
#MCIB - The dangers of boating while under the influence have been highlighted in the official report into an incident on the Shannon near Limerick city earlier this year. One man died and three others were hospitalised after their boat…
The prawn trawler Endurance, on which the fatal incident occurred, sails out of Baltimore in West Cork
#Fishing - Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an Egyptian crewman on a fishing trawler off the Co Clare coast on Tuesday night (8 November). According to The Irish Times, the 53-year-old deckhand was injured in an…
Fractures to the starboard bulwark of the Cara Rose recovered after the incident in September 2015
#MCIB - Small fishing craft used for non-commercial potting must comply with the code of practice for recreational craft, investigators have warned in their report on the death of a fisherman in an incident off the Mayo coast last year.…

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