The skipper of a north-east boat died after falling head-first through a hatch in a wheelhouse, according to an official report.
Andrew Hay died onboard the Fraserburgh-registered Artemis while it was docked at Kilkeel Harbour in Northern Ireland on April 29 2019.
The vessel had docked at the harbour for repairs to a diesel generator that had failed while at sea.
According to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report into the incident the 56-year-old suffered a fatal head injury after he “fell through the internal wheelhouse hatch on to the deck below”.
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The report states the skipper “was significantly under the influence of alcohol” at the time of the incident, adding that along with a deckhand, Andrew had spent three hours onshore drinking and was four-times the legal limit for professional seafarers.
Additionally, modifications made to the wheelhouse hatch had “increased the likelihood of someone falling through the opening”.
The report added: “The vessel’s owners have been recommended to review the design of the means of access between the wheelhouse and the mess deck; update their drug and alcohol policy; and, ensure that all crew are issued with fishermen’s work agreements.”