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Arrest warrant for skipper after death fall off boat.

AN arrest warrant has been issued for the skipper of a boat from which a deckhand fell and died.

Alexander Baird was due at Holyhead Magistrates Court yesterday but failed to appear.

Mr Baird, a scallop dredger master, is charged with failing to ensure the boat St Amant operated safely between November 2007 and April 2012. Deckhand Steven Robertson, 25, was lost overboard from the 58-foot vessel off the Anglesey coast in January 2012.

Mr Robertson, of Dalbeattie, was last seen on board around 1.2 miles west of South Stack. No other crew members saw him fall into the Irish Sea.

The dredger was proceeding from Holyhead towards its intended fishing grounds in Cardigan Bay at the time.

Despite an extensive air and sea search Mr Robertson could not be found.

Mr Baird, of Dumfries and Galloway, faces charges under the Merchant Shipping Act. A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in 2013 was highly critical of the running of the boat.

MAIB concluded Mr Robinson died after falling overboard due to the St Amant having deck walls lower than the minimum statutory height.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 16, 2015
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