North Yorkshire accident claims for sea accidents
The county of North Yorkshire is situated in England and was recently the site of an unfortunate incident where two fishermen died while they were out at sea. The two men were the only people on the boat and were only discovered when their boat became moored just off the Pier Road.
Paramedics attended the scene but the fishermen were already dead, there was initially some confusion about the cause of their death but investigations by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the Health and Safety Executive determined that the fishermen died due to carbon monoxide poisoning. In a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch or MAIB they concluded the fishermen had lit a gas stove to keep themselves warm as it was a very cold night.
The gas stove they used was a butane gas cooker grill and as the metal gauze on the grill had become corroded this caused the extremely high levels of carbon monoxide to fill the boat. The report continues by stating that the carbon emissions were unable to filter outside as all the windows and doors on the boat had been closed. Nearby boats came and forced the door of the boat open after noticing that the two men were missing in the morning. Inside they found the two fishermen dead and the wheelhouse of the boat full of smoke fumes.
The MAIB have stated that this is not the first incident of carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat and recommended that CO alarms should be fitted in the living areas of small vessels so that occupants become aware of any possible dangers from high levels of CO in a confined space. Also, another recommendation from their report was to make sure that gas cookers in boats be serviced on a regular basis as it is only when a gas cooker is old or in disrepair that carbon monoxide leaking occurs. The two men were Edward Ide and Mark Arries from the Northumberland region.
If you are harmed by high levels of CO that were not caused by you then you may be eligible to make an accident claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Are you eligible for a North Yorkshire accident claim?
Making an accident claim in North Yorkshire is done by calling Accident Advice Helpline on the appropriate phone number located at the top of this page.
Date Published: 3rd July 2014
Author: David Brown