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MCIB/135 - Honeydew 11

Reference
MCIB/135
Report Name
Report of investigation into the loss of the FV "Honeydew II" off Ram Head, Co. Waterford on 11th January 2007 
Location
Co. Waterford 
Date of Incident
Thursday 11 January 2007
Published
Monday 31 August 2009
Synopsis
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The primary reason for the loss of the FV "Honeydew II" was that a wave or waves caused sections of the port bulwark between the stem post and frame five to fail catastrophically and be forced inward.  This allowed a large quantity of water to rapidly flood into the shelter deck space.  The wave within the shelter deck caused the light plywood cover around the hydraulic tank to break up.  A considerable quantity of water probably became lodged behind the sill at the port side of the deckhouse causing an immediate port list.

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The broken plywood, together with small items of fishing gear had the effect of blocking or at least severely restricting the freeing ports.  The quantity of water on the shelter deck made capsize inevitable.

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