Monthly incident report

Each month we compile a summary of the domestic commercial vessel incidents that have been reported to us.

The information you provide in your incident report plays an important part in guiding the way we improve maritime safety for everybody on the water.

By reporting marine incidents to us, you are also meeting your reporting obligations under Australian laws.

February 2019 incidents

A total of 43 incidents were reported to AMSA during the month of February. Of these 3 were serious.


Vessel Type




A snorkeler was rescued from the water after a suspected heart attack. First-aid was administered, including the use of a defibrillator, and the patient evacuated to hospital by helicopter.



A passenger was discovered unconscious in a toilet by deck hand. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was administered & an ambulance was called however unfortunately the passenger could not be revived by ambulance officers.


Fishing (Commercial)

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre received a distress beacon alert from a fishing vessel. The vessel flooded and subsequently sunk with two people on board. The two crew members were rescued from a life raft by Marine Rescue.

Last updated: 

Tuesday 19 March 2019