Search for fishing vessel ends –

Search for fishing vessel ends Published:  24 April, 2007

The vessel was based in Anstruther

THE search for the Anstruther-based fishing vessel Meridian, which was lost with all four crew in heavy seas in the North Sea last October, has been completed.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) announced today that, regrettably, the vessel has not been located.

The search was resumed on Friday following its interruption by winter weather conditions in December.

A search area of approximately 180 square kilometres (about 70 square miles) was identified using the best predictive tools for calculating where the vessel might have come to rest on the sea bed. The search area was extended by a further 26 square kilometres (about 10 square miles) in which it was thought possible but less likely that the vessel had come to rest.

Both of these areas have now been thoroughly searched using the most up-to-date multi-beam echo sounder methods, backed up as necessary by side-scan sonar to investigate targets of interest.

The families of the four crewmen have been informed of the decision to end the search.

The Meridian sank on 26 October last year. At the time of the loss, the vessel was undertaking observation duties for Talisman Energy.

The search for the Meridian began on 6 November and was suspended in the first week of December because of the onset of winter weather conditions in the North Sea. Only one body has been recovered.

The MAIB, with the continued support of Talisman Energy (UK) Limited, resumed its search for the Meridian on 21 April. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.