HC Deb 02 December 1953 vol 521 cc134-5W
73. Mr. H. Wilson

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he has yet received a report on the accident at Bickleigh, Devonshire, in which Marine Roy Thomas Moran, 68, South Avenue, Prescot, Lancashire, was drowned; whether he is satisfied that all reasonable precautions were taken; and if he will issue instructions that on all future occasions landing craft engaged in such exercises will carry lamps for use in emergencies.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

This tragic accident occurred during a routine night exercise in Plymouth Sound in which three dories and a landing craft were engaged. It was primarily due to an unexpected deterioration in weather conditions. I regret to say that one dory sank with the loss of two lives.

From preliminary reports I have received, I am satisfied that reasonable precautions were taken. I shall, however, consider whether any further safety measures are needed. Orders have already been issued that each craft must in future be provided with some means of showing a light in an emergency.

I should like to take this opportunity of expressing the sympathy of the Board of Admiralty with the relatives of those who lost their lives.