Monday, 8 February 2021

Tragic accident at sea hits Newlyn fishing community.

MFV Cornishman PZ512 entering Newlyn.

An investigation has been launched following an incident off the Isles of Scilly where one man has died and another crew member was injured, police have reported. Emergency services were called to the Cornishman beam trawler which was fishing 50 miles south west of the Scillys on Saturday.

A lifeboat from St Mary's was called at 06:30 GMT on Saturday with a coastguard helicopter and the Penlee Lifeboat attended when the fishing boat got nearer to Newlyn.

Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed that one man has died following the incident on Saturday morning (February 6). The fishing boat is now back in Newlyn, Cornwall. 

DI Daniel Massey said: “Police and partners from the Marine Accident Investigation Board, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and coastguard, were informed of an incident onboard a fishing vessel some 50 miles off the Cornish Coast, resulting in the death of one male and the injury to another of the crew.

“The families of those involved have been informed and a joint investigation is now underway.”

An MAIB spokesperson said: “The MAIB is conducting a safety investigation into a fatal accident on the beam trawler Cornishman. Sadly, one fisherman died and another suffered injuries in the accident. A team of MAIB inspectors have deployed to Newlyn, Cornwall.”