Marine safety investigations & reports

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

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed
Phase: Final report: Dissemination Read more information on this investigation phase


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 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.

The ATSB completed its technical assistance and provided a report to the WA-DoT. Any enquires in relation to the accident investigation should be directed to WA-DoT at

General details
Date: 24 February 2018   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: South of Perth   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 09 January 2019   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Finistere  
Sector Other  
Type of operation Yacht  
Damage to vessel Destroyed  
Last update 09 January 2019