Investigation of marine accident at Arsvågen in Rogaland


On 13 October 2018, the fishing boat Jøsenbuen foundered at Arsvågen. One of the two fishermen aboard was found lifeless in the water the same day, and was declared dead later in the evening. The other fisherman was found dead two days later after extensive searches in the area. The fishing boat was found at 5 meters depth and was salvaged the day after the accident.

The closest family was worried when they could no longer see the AIS signals of the boat. When they did not get any response on the phone, after several attempts, they contacted the rescue service. The Accident Investigation Board of Norway initiated investigation of the accident on the same day and has started the collection of facts.

Jøsenbuen foto Erik Alvestad

Photo: Erik Alvestad

Status of the investigation

Work still remains to be done with some of the factual evidence as well as to complete the analysis of the course of events. This work has taken more time than first assumed.

Latest update: 13.11.2019

Arsvågen in Rogaland, Norway
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Accident category
Misc. accidents
Norwegian Territorial Waters
Name of vessel
Accident type
Fatal Accident
Vessel type
Fishing Vessel
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