A marine fishing company has been fined £50,000 over health and safety offences that led to a crewman’s death nearly five years ago.
Annang Neurtey was lost at sea after he was struck by a wire on board the 20-metre trawler Aquarius.
The boat had left Aberdeen harbour just before 1am on August 17 2015 to return to fishing grounds.
The wire behind the boat became snagged on the seabed and a rope intended to stop the wire snapped, hitting the 47-year-old and propelling him overboard from the impact.
Police Scotland and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency investigated the incident involving Buckie-based MB Aquarius Ltd.
The company was found to have failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks involved in the task of marking the trawl wire.
It had also failed to plan and supervise the task to ensure there was a safe system in place, and now face the £50,000 fine after pleading guilty to the offences.
Alistair Duncan, head of the Crown Office’s health and safety investigation unit, said: “The company’s failures led to the death of Annang Neurtey.
“His family and friends must live with the consequences of those failings.
“This sad incident should serve as a reminder to vessel operators and the fishing industry that they should ensure that they are familiar with and adhere to the regulations and that failure to do so can have tragic consequences.”