Aug. 2: TSB Issues Report on Sinking of Small Fishing Vessel

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The TSB issued its investigation report on the sinking of the small fishing vessel CFV 130214 with three people on board, which was reported overdue from a crab fishing trip in Placentia Bay, NL. As the vessel was lost at sea and there were no witnesses or survivors, the investigation couldn’t determine with certainty the primary cause(s) of the incident. But the investigation did find that:

  • The crew members weren’t wearing personal flotation devices
  • The master had modified the vessel, but the modifications weren’t assessed or tested for stability and they added weight to the boat, making it more susceptible to taking on water
  • The vessel wasn’t carrying a distress communication device, which automatically sends a distress signal once it’s immersed in water, so that search and rescue can be initiated immediately.