Our report on the fatal capsize of the motor cruiser Norma G close to the Doom Bar in the Camel Estuary on 25 May 2020, is now published.
Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, Captain Andrew Moll said:
This sad accident highlights the need for leisure boat users to get properly trained and equip themselves with the necessary navigational tools to stay safe. Conditions at sea can change rapidly, boat owners should check the weather forecast before setting out and know the limitations of their boat.
There are many reasons to operate an older craft, but it must be appreciated that some were built to lower safety standards than modern craft and may not be suitable for use at sea. Owners of craft not marked with a CE plate are urged to seek advice from a qualified marine surveyor on the suitability of their craft for its intended use.