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A screengrab of Nicola Faith's hull from dive video. Image courtesy MAIB

UK Marine Investigators to Raise Sunken FV Nicola Faith

Mike Schuler
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May 13, 2021

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has announced plans to raise the sunken fishing vessel Nicola Faith as part of its investigation into the deadly accident.

The F/V Nicola Faith went missing off the coast of Colwyn Bay in North Wales on January 27, 2021, with the loss of its three crew members, who have since been recovered.

Since locating and identifying Nicola Faith in April, the MAIB says it has gathered and analyzed dive survey data from the vessel. “We now intend to raise the vessel so that an in-depth examination and stability analysis can be carried out,” the MAIB said in an update today.

The vessel will be raised using a specially-designed barge crane chartered by MAIB and taken ashore to a secure location for further examination before being prepared for a stability assessment. The operation will be undertaken when weather and tidal conditions are suitable, the MAIB said.

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has issued a ‘Notice of Direction to Prohibit Access’ around the wreck requiring that the wreck be left undisturbed until further notice.

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