A recreational fisherman died after falling overboard off the coast of Cornwall in December last year

A fatal man overboard could
have been saved had he had adequate safety equipment, finds an investigation by
the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Newton went to sea alone on his 3.9m long boat Amy Jane on 4 December 2013, but failed to return home.

friends and family later raised the alarm with the local coastguard and a search
operation began off the coast of Cornwall to locate the 57-year-old.

After an hour,
rescue crews found Mr Newton semi-conscious in the water and recovered him on
board. He was airlifted to hospital, where he was later declared deceased.

It’s not
known how the fisherman came to enter the water, but an investigation into the
fatality found that he didn’t have a VHF radio on board and was not wearing a
kill cord or personal locator beacon (PLB), meaning he had no way of raising
the alarm.

The report
said: “The decision to go fishing alone in early December without adequate
safety equipment, and without giving his friends and family precise
instructions on what to do should he not return at an agreed time, cost the
recreational fisherman his life.

“Had he been
wearing a PLB, his chances of survival would have been significantly increased.”

Mr Newton, who
had not fished out of Cadgwith single-handed before, died of hypothermia and

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