Reports

MCIB/158 - Strath Marie

Reference
MCIB/158
Report Name
Report of Investigation into the sinking of the FV "Strath Marie" off Inishowen Head, Co. Donegal on 14th March 2008 
Location
Co. Donegal, off Inishowen Head 
Date of Incident
Friday 14 March 2008
Published
Friday 18 June 2010
Synopsis

On the 14th March 2008 at approximately 08.45 hrs. the FV "Strath Marie" left Bunagee Pier, Culdaff, Co. Donegal to lift strings of pots.  Crewmembers Mr. Francis McDaid and Mr. Daniel McDaid were on board.

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The weather forecast was for south to southwest Force 3 or 4 with good visibility and slight to moderate sea state.  The reported weather conditions on the day were better than the forecast.

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At 17.17 hrs. on 14th of March 2008 a "999" call was made as the "Strath Marie" was overdue.

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At 18.13 hrs. on 14th March 2008 the first casualty was recovered from the water and at 20.38 hrs. the second casualty was recovered.

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Both men were brought to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where they were later pronounced dead.

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Parts of the fishing vessel were later recovered and examined along with other evidence to try and establish the cause of the loss of the FV "Strath Marie".

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No direct cause for the loss of both lives has been established.

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