Marine safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to WA-DoT in the examination of electronic evidence from the yacht Finistere which capsized near south of Perth, WA, on 24 February 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


On 24 February 2018, the yacht Finistere capsized south of Perth, Western Australia, with the loss of two lives. The Western Australian Department of Transport (WA-DoT) is responsible for investigating this accident. As part of its investigation, WA-DoT has requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), involving the examination of an electronic device.

To protect the information supplied by WA-DoT to the ATSB, as well as the ATSB’s investigative work to assist WA-DoT, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

Enquiries relating to the accident investigation should be directed to WA-DoT at:

General details
Date: 24 February 2018   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
Location: South of Perth   Investigation level: Defined  
State: Western Australia    
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Accident  
Expected completion: 1st Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Finistere  
Sector Other  
Type of operation Yacht  
Damage to vessel Destroyed  
Last update 14 November 2018