News
27.05.16

AMOU UPDATE: INCIDENT INVOLVING CAPSIZED FISHING VESSEL IN BOWEN

A terrible accident has taken place in Bowen (QLD) involving a fishing vessel that has capsized and has resulted in a fatality and two other men injured.

AMOU members were involved in a quick, professional and well coordinated rescue action, which resulted in two men being successfully rescued.

Kerry Bullock, AMOU Vice President, and Robert Coombs, AMOU Industrial Officer, quickly attended the scene in Bowen.  Arrangements have been made to have representatives from Hunterlink present so that welfare and trauma services are provided to members.

A number of investigations are currently taking place by the Queensland Police, the Queensland Coroner, Workcover and the Company.  AMOU members involved in the incident will be interviewed by these organisations.  The AMOU has ensured that our members receive legal advice and/or representation.

The AMOU would like to congratulate all those people who responded with dedication, professionalism, and courage.  As a result of their actions, lives were saved in this unfortunate incident.

The AMOU will not be making further comment until the investigations are complete.  However, the AMOU is providing as much assistance as necessary to the members involved in the incident and rescue efforts.

We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.

Stay Safe,

Tim Higgs

President

AUSTRALIAN MARITIME OFFICERS UNION

27 May 2015