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The Marine Accident Investigation Branch acted in accordance with the legislation in respect of the incident on
With the assistance of another vessel, the DUKW was manoeuvred alongside a pontoon to disembark the passengers, whereupon the crew noticed that the vessel was taking on water.
Once all passengers had left the DUKW, attempts were made to move the vessel to the slipway for recovery. The DUKW sank before it reached the slipway, but was subsequently recovered.
The MAIB made enquiries from which it was established that water had entered the DUKW via a drainage hole, as the plug had not been refitted at the start of the day's operations. It was further established that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was following up the sinking, and was taking steps with Yellowduck Marine to ensure that the DUKWs had enough buoyancy to remain afloat when flooded.
As no crew or passengers had been injured during the event, and because the marine regulator reported it was taking what appeared to be appropriate action to prevent a recurrence, the MAIB decided not to investigate further.
Following the sinking of Wacker Quacker 1 on