Monjin Yachting is Sharing updates on Jacob’s progress & spreading awareness about the importance of Safety measures onboard.
At 22 years old, Jacob has been living his dream of travelling and working onboard a yacht in the Mediterranean. He is a funny, genuine and caring young man. The engineer was involved in a tragic incident, while cleaning the side of the Yacht he was working on. Jacob was hit in the head by the fender hook he was rigged up to. He was submerged in the water and this led to him drowning. Jacob is suffering from severe brain damage and other complications. Doctors don’t believe he will make much more progress. His sister, Jenade says Jacob is a fighter and their family remains hopeful.
Friday, 12th June update from Jenade, Jacob’s sister :
“I have just come back from visiting Jacob and the Doctor asked the nurses to take him out of the ITU ward and outside to enjoy the beautiful weather we have had today. He thinks it could help with his recovery. Whilst I was applying cream to Jacob’s feet he moved them as if it was tickling him the nurse saw and said she has never seen him do this before and that it was a good sign 😀 Jacob is also breathing totally on his own no tubes and wires just a “Swedish Nose” (that’s what they call it) attached to the tracheostomy and he was breathing so comfortably.
A positive day.”
This incident reminds us of the dangers that all yachting professionals must face on a daily basis and how important it is to prioritise safety onboard vessels, not simply to achieve Certification, but to operate the yacht safely.
The Monjin Yachting team is committed to getting everyone thinking about what COULD and should be done to prevent anything similar happening again. “Talking openly about incidents that have happened are vital as crew will remember what COULD happen. Hopefully this will stop avoidable tragic incidents from happening again,” says Jenade.
Monjin Yachting is donating 50c to the Justice for Jacob page every time this post is Shared on Facebook.
The funds will to help Jacob’s family towards legal fees and his lifelong medical care and legal fees. Our commitment is to rasie awareness about these issues to avoid such incidents happening again and to support Jacob, Jenade and the rest of the Nicol family.
Part of a series of interviews with experienced yachting professional to discuss their views on what is being done to follow the established Crew Safety Procedures and offer their informed suggestions on how to improve their implementation.
Captain Duncan Pace, captain onboard 33m: (Tuesday, 16 June)
“Q: Do you think safety regulations are followed by crew or do they need to be taken more seriously? Safety regulations are followed by most captains and officers. The problem is that crew often don’t take them seriously and instead see their higher authority as overbearing for being so strict.
Q: Are the regulations in place under the ‘Crew Safety Working Procedures’ practical to implement? They are not practical but that is not their point.
Q: What can be done from both the crew to captain to owner to management to make sure working on a yacht is a safer environment to work? The crew must be more responsible. The captain and management company need to employ staff with disclaimers that if they are found to be negligent of their safety, then if they hurt it will be their own responsibility and not that of the workplace.”
Captain Jari Lindgren, : (Saturday, 13 June)
“Yacht safety is followed on bigger yachts and even smaller ones (if the skipper is safety conscious). It is pretty well defined in Code of Safe working practices (it can be downloaded for free on internet). There are specific safety procedures for different activities on board. Like the Diving safety in any divecourse and drills to prevent accidents, namely “working aloft” (bit like mountain climbing safety training). On larger yachts safety must be followed by the safety management system they employ that is already mandatory by Class and Flag Authorities. The enforcement is by Management. On smaller yachts it is not mandatory but usually recommended by the Underwriters (sometimes defined as a mini-ISM)
Jetskis and recreational diving operations demand the most safety precautions and training because they are the most potentially dangerous activity.
Captains and Crew as well as owners and management should follow and implement already existing rules and regulations for safe working practices. There is no wheel to reinvent, it has been invented and expanded upon endlessly since Titanic sank.”
Captain Clive Carrington Wood, Florida: (Friday, 12 June)
“It is down to the ship’s officers, Captain, Chief officer, Chief Engineer and Purser, to make sure that the whole crew takes safety seriously. They should avoid placing demands that encourage risk and should certainly not praise crew for putting the ship and the task before their own safety. It is easily done. A properly run ISM system that is valued and supported by the Captain and management will teach the correct standards to young and inexperienced crew.
To improve Ensure that safety is taken seriously through training and discussion on a regular basis. Encourage crew members to tell the stories from their own experience in order to make it real. Post the stories such as Jacob Nicol’s on the crew mess notice board, read the MCA accident reports and post them or at least bring them to everyone’s attention and discuss the issues raised as part of regular training. Crew need to be reminded that it COULD happen to them by showing that it does go wrong for other people all too often. We need to make the training real to people by relating it to the risks on our own ship’s.”
We want to raise awareness within the industry that Crew Safety Procedures are not a strict Captain’s curse on his crew. We’ll update the discussion as the comments come through.
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