SUNKEN VESSEL OF SIGNIFICANT INTEREST LOCATED IN COLWYN BAY AREA
Sunken vessel of significant interest located in the Colwyn Bay area, reports an MAIB investigation update, with a notice of direction to prohibit access being issued.
A sunken vessel deemed to be of significant interest has been located in the Colwyn Bay area by an MAIB commissioned vessel searching for missing the fishing vessel Nicola Faith.
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, pending further investigation by the MAIB.
NOTICE OF DIRECTION TO PROHIBIT ACCESS
MAIB DIRECTION No 1/2021
WRECK OF UNIDENTIFIED VESSEL 53°20.019’N – 003° 41.876’W
Under the powers contained in:
Regulation 10(6) of the Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/1743)
Section 259(2)(d) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995
the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) hereby PROHIBITS access to and/or interference with the wreck of the Unidentified Vessel in the position stated, or its equipment and GIVES DIRECTION requiring that the same shall be left undisturbed until further notice, pending investigation by the MAIB.
Specifically prohibited are: anchoring in the vicinity of the wreck, fishing by nets, trawls or lines in the vicinity of the wreck, and any diving operations on the wreck or its outlying gear. For the purposes of this direction, the vicinity of the wreck shall be taken to be a circle, radius 200 metres, centred on the wreck’s location.