Escape from pilot boat that sank on 8 December 2017 was, in practice, impossible after it capsized

Published 18.1.2018

The Safety Investigation Authority of Finland is performing a safety investigation of the capsizing and sinking of pilot boat L-242 to the south of Emäsalo on 8 December 2017. The boat's operator and a safety guard died in the cabin of the pilot boat during the accident.

In its investigation, the Safety Investigation Authority of Finland has noted that it is, in practice, impossible to escape from the cabin of the kind of pilot boat involved in the accident if the boat capsizes. This is because the cabin has only one exit, which leads to the boat's aft deck. In addition, after such a boat has capsized, opening the exit door is hampered by the pressure of the water mass.

The above-mentioned facts pose a major risk of accident, which users need to be aware of.

The type of boat involved in the accident was built in 2015, in accordance with the rules issued by the Finnish Maritime Administration in 2009 on the operation of professional boats.

Further information:
Risto Haimila, Chief Marine Safety Investigator, tel. +358 (0)295 150 730
Sakari Lauriala, Head of Communications, tel. +358 (0)295 150 714