Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 22/01/2021

Friday 22 January, 11:40 am – RCC Bermuda received a phone call from Bermuda Yacht Services noting that the 53ft yacht, DANZA, with 5 POB was diverting to Bermuda, en route from Hampton to San Juan, due to rigging problems. Later in the day RCC Bermuda was advised that the skipper has a suspected bruised or cracked rib and a laceration above the eye. The vessel was put on a communications schedule with RCC Bermuda and arrived on Saturday morning without assistance.


Date: 19/01/2021

Tuesday – 19th January 5:20 pm – RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz ELT alert for a Bermuda registered Boeing 747. The company’s operations centre was able to confirm the alert was false as the aircraft was being dismantled in Lake Charles, Louisiana.


Date: 18/01/2021

Monday 18th January 10:00 am – RCC Bermuda received a telephone call from a local 22 ft Pleasure Craft located on Three Hill Shoals to the South West of North Rock. The boat had 1 person onboard and was suffering engine problems and unable to return to the mooring in Flatts. Securite messages were broadcast on VHF without response. RCC Bermuda contacted the Bermuda Coast Guard who were able to respond and tow the vessel back to Flatts.


Date: 18/01/2021

Monday 18th January 3:30 pm – A member of the public located in Florida contacted RCC Bermuda by telephone and reported that his friend in Bermuda was missing after departing on a boat and had not been able to contact him since Friday. The caller was not aware of any other information such as the boat name or where he was leaving from or going to, after further conversation with the caller it became clear that his report was unreliable, due to the caller’s incoherent report the call was suspected of being bogus. The Bermuda police service were informed and no further calls regarding this incident were received.


Date: 18/01/2021

Monday 18th January 6:20 pm – RCC Bermuda received an EPIRB distress alert for a Bermuda registered fishing vessel. The various position alerts received placed the EPIRB in the St George / St David’s area. The EPIRB was old and incorrectly registered which meant that it took some time and various phone calls to locate the registered owner. After investigation it transpired the beacon had been sold a number of times since the registered owner had the beacon and the current owner and beacon location could not be established. The EPIRB was broadcasting a 121.5 MHz homing signal, using direction finding equipment the beacon was placed in the Swing Bridge / Stocks Harbour area. At approximately 9:00 pm the 121.5 MHz homing signal stopped transmitting.


Date: 08/01/2021

Friday 8th January, 4:46 am – RCC Bermuda received an, SSAS, security alert from the Bermuda registered LNG Tanker MV LNG ONDO. This alert was of particular concern as the ship was in a high-risk area, near Sierra Leone, West Africa. Rcc Bermuda contacted the management company ashore, who were able to confirm the ship was safe and the false alert resulted from onboard maintenance work.


Date: 08/01/2021

Friday 8th January, 5:00 pm - RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz EPIRB alert from a local vessel unfortunately the EPIRB registration details were found to be out-of-date, the vessel on record was found to be safe in Walsingham Bay but the location of the EPIRB was unknown. After tracking down previous owners of the boat and the new owner of the fishing license, RCC Bermuda was able to establish that the beacon had been disposed of through the weekly domestic trash collection service. Fortunately the beacon did not continue to transmit, however, the case highlights the importance of keeping registration details current and disposing of safety equipment in the correct way.


Date: 08/01/2021

Friday 8th January, 7:30 pm – RCC Bermuda received a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) distress relay alert regarding a person lost overboard from a merchant ship. The distress position was found to be 1150 miles to the East North East of Bermuda in the middle of the North Atlantic at the extent of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) area of responsibility. An extensive search a rescue operation involving merchant ships and a USCG C130 aircraft followed, sadly after over 24 hours the search was suspended without locating the seafarer.


Date: 04/01/2021

Monday 4th January, 7:30 pm – RCC Bermuda was called via telephone, by a land-based company representative for the Liberian Registered, 40,085GRT Container Ship MSC JESSENIA R. Advising the ship was diverting to Bermuda form a position 290 miles South, due to a 51-year-old Indian National Crew Member suffering from a medical emergency. The vessel was on passage from South Africa bound for New York and intended to arrive offshore at Bermuda, late Tuesday morning to transfer the patient. Following further consultation with the shipping company, and the U.S. Coast Guard Flight Surgeon, it was established that the patient’s condition was deteriorating and sadly the crew member passed away while the ship was on route to Bermuda. The vessel subsequently continued her passage to New York to repatriate the deceased seafarer.


Date: 01/01/2021

Friday 1st January, 12:20 pm – A member of the public expressed concern for two Lionfish Hunters who were fishing between Ferry Reach and Tobacco Bay as they had been in the water for longer than expected. A Coast Guard boat was deployed from Watford House, however, it was stood down while en route as the fishermen were confirmed to be safely ashore.


Date: 01/01/2021

Friday 1st January, 4:15 pm – A member of the public reported the local P/V HIT THE BIRD was low in the water on her mooring in Jews Bay. As the vessel was correctly registered the owner could be easily contacted and the situation was quickly resolved.


Date: 31/12/2020

Thursday 31st December, 10:15 pm – RCC Bermuda received a 911 call regarding a flare sighting which was observed from St Georges Cricket club in the direction of Town Cut. The flare was described as bright orange and observed for around 40 seconds. The weather was calm with good visibility and no vessels could be seen in the vicinity and no further reports were received, the case was thought to be a false alert and closed on New Year’s Day morning pending further information.


Date: 30/12/2020

Wednesday 30th December, 2:15 pm – The shipping agent assisting the USA registered container ship MAERSK VALENCIA contacted RCC Bermuda to advise that the vessel was diverting to Bermuda to enable a crew member who had suffered an eye injury to attend hospital. At 8:30 am on Thursday morning the crew member was transferred to the pilot / rescue boat ST GEORGE and taken ashore. The ship waited offshore and at noon the crew member was able to rejoin and the ship continue on passage.


Date: 28/12/2020

Monday 28th December, 12:26pm - The 26 ft Twin Vee powerboat SUMMER SQUALL ran aground at Hawkins Island with two persons onboard. Bermuda Coastguard advised Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre that RESCUE I attended the incident and assisted in refloating the boat, which was able to continue under her own power, there were no reported injuries.