Underwater obstruction :-(

Våra tankar går till besättningen på Hooligan V och 27-årige Jamie Butchers familj. Under en segling utanför Wales kust i en Max Fun 35, seglade man troligtvis på en container och tappade kölen. 4 man räddades ur en livflotte och Jamie hittades död i vattnet.

Man killed when vessel capsized
Probe after yacht capsize man dies
Inquiry into fatal yacht capsize
Man killed in yacht capsize named
Torbay Lifeboat Station (bilderna kommer härifrån)

“Inquiry into fatal yacht capsize
A man in his 20’s died and four other crew members were rescued from a life raft after the Hooligan Five sank on Saturday at Prawle Point near Salcombe. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch will look into reports that the boat capsized after losing its keel. Attempts to recover the yacht have failed, but it may still be salvaged. Torbay lifeboat tried to tow the wreck of the yacht to port when it broke free. It is semi-submerged and is expected to sink.

Brixham coastguards said they would be keeping a watchful eye on the vessel in the interests of safety. An air and sea rescue operation was launched on Saturday morning after a merchant ship spotted a distress flare. Two RNLI lifeboats, Sea King rescue helicopters, Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels Wave Knight and Wave Ruler, and HMS Portland were involved in the rescue of crew from the Solent-registered yacht. Four people were airlifted to hospital in Plymouth suffering from slight hypothermia. They are said to be recovering well. Salcombe lifeboat found the body of the missing crew member in the water. Peter Hodges, of Salcombe Lifeboat, said the keel had separated from the boat. He said: “Either the keel must have struck an underwater obstruction or else there would have been a fault with the boat and the attachment of the keel to the boat. One of those two things must have happened.”

A Department of Transport spokeswoman confirmed the Marine Accident Investigation Branch had sent a team to Devon to conduct a preliminary examination of the incident.”

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    Peter Gustafsson Sep 11, 2007 Reply

    Nu har haverirapporten kommit:

    Report on the investigation of the keel failure, capsize, and loss of one crew member from the Max Fun 35 yacht Hooligan V 10 miles south of Prawle Point on 3 February 2007

    It is a textbook example of major anf minor screw up’s leading to death.

    The designer underspecced the keel (compared to mandatory standards)

    The Builder selected a subcontractor, who has never produced one single keel before

    The keel subcontractor changed the design – unclear how well it was cleared with the designer and builder – the “as built” design relied solely on a critical weld to keep the keel attached – this was the weld that failed on Hooligan V and another boat that has only sailed 400 miles in protected waters. The keel manufacturer didn’t make any calculations on the re-design according to standards – in fact he was not even aware of the existence of the standards. Looking at the drawings, the “as built” design is horribly wrong

    It was a welded design and NONE of the people working at the keel subcontractor are certified welders

    No post weld treatment was used to maximize strength

    The keel was not watertight and filled up with water, which corroded through the galvanization and started to corrode the steel plate

    The owner, after verbal OK from the designer, had weight added to the bulb – this might have added to the calamity allthough an identical boat with a standard keel failed the exact same way without having been raced hard.

    The Yard carrying out maintanance failed to recognize an initial problem with the weld

    Good seamanship and reaction from the crew limited the fatalities to one person

    It is pretty scary to read the report and realize just how many fuck-ups happened in the chain.

    Reading the report is a a good insight into just how many things can go wrong – and how they can compound into a tragedy

    Should be mandatory reading for anyone (designers, builders, subcontractors, owners, yards, boat managers, skippers, etc.) who are in the chain of responsibility for the safety of crew and vessels.

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