I always find these reports to be essential reading - try to learn from OTHER people's mistakes could save your life.
This one was very close to home for me - took part in some of the search but to no avail.
It is a long report but some of the findings from the MAIB I strongly disagree with - I expected a reputable body such as this to be totally impartial and not try to "sex up" the report but they have done in certain areas.
Almost at the start you will see they say that "if the men had been wearing lifejackets they would have BOTH survived". This is nonsense as you will see from the report. They were in the water for about 10 hours - a lot longer than anyone should survive in cold water - even though it was June the temp was only 12.7C. One man eventually made it ashore after his mate had died.
There WAS a lifejacket in the cabin but the boat went down so fast nobody had time to get it. The conditions were very good at the time. Not many people in normal boats were a lifejacket at all times!!!
The report also attacks the kind of bilge pumps they had fitted. They were 3x Rule 500gph automatics but wired to operate in manual mode only. Obviously these were totally inadequate for a commercial fishing boat but the MAIB report says "These were of a type used on a PWC ie a jetski. This is nonsense - I have one on my own RIB and they are fitted to many pleasure craft.
I think the biggest lesson to learn is that the conditions were good and they sank about 1/2 a mile from shore in a busy area but nobody saw them. They had flares in the cabin but the boat just sank to fast. With the tides in the area they just couldn't get themselves to safety despite being very fit men. They had NO means of summoning help.
I know mobile phones are no subsitute for a VHF but most crew and passengers will have them in their pockets at ALL times. Obviously they are useless in salt water which is why I issue my passengers with small Tesco ziplock freezer bags. If you judge it right you can get enough air into them to make the phone float without it being too bulky. It is scary to think that a trick like this that costs pennies will save someone's life!!!