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Safety At Sea

Volume 974: debated on Sunday 11 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many fishermen have been killed or seriously injured when boarding or leaving their vessels for each year since 1976; and what proportion occurred in British harbours.

The information as regards deaths is set out below. Figures for serious injuries are not available.

Number of deaths on boardingNumber of deaths on going ashore
YearBritish harboursOther harboursBritish harboursOther harbours

asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many British fishermen have died by accidental death in British-registered fishing vessels for each of the years since 1976.

The information is as follows:

YearTotal accidental deaths on United Kingdom registered fishing vessels
Information for 1979 is not yet available. The above figures cover trawlers and inshore boats and include deaths due to casualties to vessels and to missing at sea. Deaths due to disease, homicide and known suicides are excluded.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list the injuries and fatalities which occurred during fishing operations on seine net vessels for the current year and for each year from 1955 to 1978.

[pursuant to his reply, 26 November 1979, c. 529]: I regret that the information is not available in the detailed form requested. From 1958 onwards data as to fatal and non-fatal accidents were collected only in respect of deep sea trawlers and are available in the final report of the committee of inquiry into trawler safety (Cmnd. 4114) (1958–1967 inclusive) and in the Department of Trade publications "Deep sea trawlers—Casualties to vessels and accidents to men" (1967 to 1971 inclusive) and "Casualties to Vessels and Accidents to Men" (1972 to 1976 inclusive). The latter publication includes additionally data on fatal accidents on fishing vessels

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