Lessons to be learnt from fatal capsize

01:43, Jan 31 2009

There would be valuable lessons for the fishing industry in the investigation of the capsizing of the Kotuku, the Transport Accident Investigation Authority (TAIC) says.

Six people, including two children, were killed when the Kotuku capsized while travelling from Kaihuka in Foveaux Strait to Bluff in May 2006. Three others survived.

In September, the commission distributed its preliminary report to interested parties and earlier this month held a hearing in Invercargill to hear from people involved, particularly the relatives of those who died.

In its annual report, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday, Chief Commissioner Bill Jeffries said the Kotuku was representative of an ageing coastal fishing fleet industry employing up to 2000 people.

"When the commission has completed its full investigation and publishes its finding and recommendations in 2008, the New Zealand fishing industry will gain some valuable lessons from this Foveaux Strait disaster," he said.

"This work will contribute to higher standards of safety for the New Zealand maritime sector and in particular New Zealand coastal fishing."

The report said that during the 2006/07 year, the commission launched investigations into 13 aviation, 17 rail and 10 marine incidents.