Fisherman was caught up in line and drowned
Date of incident: July 2015
Notice of incident number: 2015173550119
Employer: Master of fishing vessel
The master and one crewmember on a commercial fishing vessel were setting crab traps. The worker became entangled in the line and went overboard. The master of the vessel called for help using a cellphone. The worker was in the water for 8 to 10 minutes before the master managed to get him back onto the vessel. The unresponsive worker was taken to shore, where efforts to resuscitate him were not successful.
- Worker was caught up in the line and went overboard: The worker was caught up in the line and went overboard while the vessel was in motion. The worker subsequently drowned as he could not free himself.
- Inadequate emergency response: There was no retrieval system on the vessel to aid in getting the worker out of the water after he went overboard. The radio transceiver's digital selective calling (DSC) feature was not functional. The master contacted emergency dispatch but had difficulty communicating with them. The master did not have first aid certification and did not provide initial first aid.