Photo of the stern of Christopher’s Joy after the two surviving crewmembers were rescued.

​Stern of Christopher’s Joy after the two surviving crewmembers were rescued. (Photo by crewmembers on board the supply boat Miss Anna)​

Capsizing and Sinking of the Fishing Vessel Christopher's Joy

Investigation Details

What Happened

​​About 1430 on September 23, 2014 t he fishing vessel Christopher’s Joy capsized while trawling in the Gulf of Mexico near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. The vessel sank later that day at 20 57. The master and one crewmember suffered minor lacerations, and the remaining two crewmembers are presumed dead.​

What We Found

The probable cause of the loss of the fishing vessel Christopher’s Joy was the master’s disregard for th e impact of the deployed fishing gear upon the vessel’s reserve stability while performing turning maneuvers. Contributing to the loss of life were inadequate safety training and practices. ​​