Fishing boat sank two metres from North Sea gas pipeline
The Majestic went down after its engine room flooded a few miles off Yell on January 21.
A fishing boat which sank near Shetland landed on the seabed two metres from a gas pipeline.
The Majestic went down after its engine room flooded a few miles off Yell on January 21 this year.
Its crew abandoned the boat without trying to stop the flood and were rescued by a passing fishing vessel.
The Majestic then drifted towards the Orka Voe gas pipeline for the next four and a half hours before foundering.
The coastguard considered towing it away but its skipper believed it was too dangerous.
When the Majestic began to topple over towards the BP pipeline, an underwater drone was used to put sandbags in place to shore up the vessel.
An inquiry by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) found that the sinking was probably caused by a failure in a seawater system in the engine room.
The engine room had been flooding for up to an hour before the crew became aware as they were working on deck and did not hear an alarm, according to a report published on Wednesday.
The MAIB added that while abandoning the vessel quickly helped reduce the danger to the crew, the flooding could have been slowed if they had tried to bail the boat out using a bilge pump or turned off the engine.