Highlands & Islands

MAIB report released into death of Aultbea's Gary Forbes

A 36-year-old fisherman died after one of his legs got caught in fishing gear and he was pulled overboard, a new report has suggested.

Gary Forbes, from Aultbea, was on a creel boat off Tanera Beg in the Summer Isles in Wester Ross when the accident happened in May last year.

The vessel's skipper pulled Mr Forbes from the water and tried to revive him.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examined the accident.

Its new report has concluded that Mr Forbes's right leg probably became caught in gear during the shooting of the second of two fleets of creels.

The MAIB said the skipper of the Barnacle III had carried out a risk assessment for the vessel's normal shooting operation but this had not been documented.

It added that the skipper had made "insufficient changes to the system of work" to adequately control the risks posed when working two fleets of creels on deck.

Following the accident Mr Forbes was airlifted by Stornoway Coastguard helicopter to Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway but he did not survive the ordeal.

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