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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: marine.investigations@transport.wa.gov.au

General details
Date: 24 February 2018 Investigation status: Active 
 Investigation phase: Examination and analysis 
Location:South of Perth Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Capsize 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Vessel details
Vessel: Finistere 
Sector: Other 
Type of Operation: Yacht 
Damage to Vessel: Destroyed 
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Last update 11 July 2018