Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 14/06/2021

Saturday 12th June, 1:00 pm – RCC Bermuda received a call from RCC Norfolk regarding the single handed 32 ft sloop GINNY on passage from Norfolk, Virginia to Bermuda. The sailor’s wife was concerned for her Husband as she had lost communications with him via the onboard SPOT tracking device. The yacht had difficulty approaching Bermuda on the previous evening, Friday 11th June, and subsequently drifted beyond radar range and was no longer responding to VHF calls. The position of GINNY was intermittently received from the SPOT tracking device and found to be over 100 miles to the North North East of Bermuda on Monday morning. At 9:00 am, Monday morning RCC Bermuda diverted the Panama registered tanker, SILVER STACIE, enroute from Beaumont, USA to Rotterdam, Netherlands. As a message had been received by family members ashore from the skipper of GINNY advising that he wished to abandon the yacht although the issues onboard were unclear. Early on Monday afternoon the yacht skipper activated the 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon and continued to send SPOT messages advising that he wanted to abandon the yacht. The tanker rendezvoused with the yacht on Monday evening and successfully transferred the skipper who will be carried aboard to the next port of call. The yacht was left adrift and a Notice to Mariners issued regarding the floating hazard to navigation.


Date: 11/06/2021

Thursday 10th June, 7:51 pm – Sailing yacht SUADADE that had previously departed Bermuda, alerted Bermuda Radio that they were returning to Bermuda due to Engine failure. A tow was arranged through Bermuda Yacht Services and the vessel is now alongside in St Georges Harbour.


Date: 09/06/2021

Wednesday 9th June, 3:00 pm – Sailing vessel KENT RACING which is a participant of the Bermuda 1-2 race was unable to enter St George’s Harbour as they had lost there propeller. They were towed into the harbour by Bermuda Yacht Services later in the afternoon.


Date: 09/06/2021

Wednesday 9th June, 7:36 am – A local fishing vessel reported a capsized boat approximately 20 ft in length adrift near Challenger bank. The vessel appeared to have been upturned and drifting for some time and was unidentifiable. It was not practical to tow the vessel, a navigational warning was issued regarding the hazard to navigation.


Date: 07/06/2021

Monday 7th June, 9:46 pm – A visiting yacht anchored in Convict Bay called Bermuda Radio on VHF radio as one of the crew members onboard suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder while going into the water to swim. Bermuda Radio requested an ambulance to attend Ordnance Island while the patient was taken ashore by tender and onward to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.


Date: 06/06/2021

Sunday 6th June, 9:28 pm. A member of the public contacted RCC Bermuda via 911 call to report what was thought to be a red flare, seen near Grace Island, in Granaway Deep. The person reporting the sighting kindly agreed to keep a look out and report any further sightings. The Bermuda Coast Guard investigated the sighting and observed a Chinese Lantern in the area which may have been mistaken for a flare. There were no related reports, and the case was closed late on Sunday night.


Date: 05/06/2021

Saturday 5th June, 3:25 pm – The local vessel SEA WOLF called Bermuda Radio on VHF to advise that a rental boat has capsized in the vicinity of Watford Bridge resulting in 4 people being recovered from the water by SEA WOLF. The Coast Guard attended and found there were no injuries, the rental boat was towed back to Watford House Dock and the incident investigated to establish why the boat capsized.


Date: 05/06/2021

Saturday 5th June, 3:45 am – RCC Bermuda receives a telephone call via the U.S Coast Guard at RCC Norfolk from the mother a sailor onboard a 42ft Catamaran, possibly bound for Bermuda, that has stopped transmitting position information from the onboard tracking device. The anxious caller has not received an updated position for the vessel, sailing between St Maarten and the Azores, since 10:30 pm on Wednesday 2nd June. RCC Bermuda takes details of the yacht, including last known position and notes that the vessel was approx. 470nm South of Bermuda 3 days ago. On the morning of Monday 7th June RCC Bermuda was contacted again by family members of the crew advising that Satellite telephone contact had been made, the crew were safe, and proceeding directly to the Azores.


Date: 04/06/2021

Friday 4th June, 10:20 am – Bermuda Radio were unable to make contact with a vessel observed on RADAR approaching Bermuda. The inbound vessel was monitored and seen to be on a dangerous course approaching the reef line near in the vicinity of North Rock. The Coast Guard were requested to assist and rendezvoused with the vessel and found the family onboard the 48 ft French registered yacht were not listening on VHF Radio and were not familiar with making a safe arrival into St George Harbour.


Date: 03/06/2021

Thursday 3rd June, 9:57am – Bermuda Radio is asked, by the pilot onboard VIKING ORION, to record details of a minor contact between the Cruise ship VIKING ORION and a local sailing vessel. The contact occurred as the Cruise ship was berthing in Hamilton, later observations found only minor damage had occurred.


Date: 01/06/2021

Saturday 1st June, 3:55 am – BMOC received an email from the Hamilton port superintendent that a 35 ft Sloop “Ardara” was adrift near No #8 berth with no one onboard. Port security secured the vessel the vessel and the owner was contacted by Bermuda Radio later in the morning.


Date: 31/05/2021

Sunday 31st May, 06:39 pm – Bermuda Radio received a call that a Boston Whaler “Mamacita” was disabled in the vicinity of the Belmont hotel, the Coast guard had a unit nearby and agreed to assist by towing the vessel to a nearby private dock.


Date: 29/05/2021

Saturday 29thMay, 2:15 pm. Bermuda Radio received a cell phone call from local vessel VIKING, disabled off Martello Tower with 6 people onboard. Bermuda Radio initiated calls to the public for assistance. After receiving no response the Coast Guard towed the vessel to Stonecrusher corner where it was trailered.


Date: 25/05/2021

Tuesday 25th May, 5.20 pm - Bermuda Radio received a call from a member of the public regarding two people in difficulty off Elbow Beach. Calls are made for assistance and a Police land unit dispatched. Upon arrival at the scene the Police find two persons onshore, one of which has sustained a minor head injury whilst windsurfing.


Date: 24/05/2021

Monday 24th May, 2:20 pm – Management at the St. Regis Hotel advised Bermuda Radio that a jet ski was operating close to shore and at speed at St. Catherine’s beach. There was concern for the safety of guests and Police and Coast guard were advised


Date: 22/05/2021

Saturday 22nd May, 9:30am – Bermuda Radio was informed by Bermuda Coastguard of a small white sailing vessel, SV SOLAISE, aground at Jews Bay with 1 person onboard. The skipper was observed leaving the vessel onto the shore to try and push it clear of the rocks. Shortly afterwards, Bermuda Radio received a 911 call to the same effect. The Coast Guard sent a boat to assist but on arrival found the was being towed back to the moorings by a passing vessel.


Date: 20/05/2021

Thursday 20th May, 8:25 am - Meyer's Agency called RCC Bermuda reporting the U.S. Flagged ship LIBERTY GLORY, would divert to Bermuda to land a sick crewmember. The bulk carrier had left Houston, Texas, in the U.S.A., and was enroute to Port Said, in Egypt, to transit the Suez Canal before diverting to Bermuda. Pilot Boat ST. GEORGE conducted the transfer and landed the crewmember ashore to be transferred to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by ambulance while the ship continued its trans-Atlantic passage.


Date: 20/05/2021

Thursday 20th May, 2:22 pm - Passenger ship VIKING ORION arrived in Bermuda waters from Gibraltar to start a cruise itinerary in and around Bermuda. RCC Bermuda was advised by Meyer agencies that a crew member needed to be disembarked for medical attention at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. A rendezvous was arranged with the Pilot Boat ST. GEORGE for onward transport to the hospital for treatment. The ship remained offshore waiting for the cruise itinerary to start.


Date: 19/05/2021

Wednesday 19th May, 8:00 pm – Local vessel REEL WET called Bermuda Radio from a position near Hawkin's Island as the 22 ft boat with 3 persons onboard was disabled due to engine failure. The Bermuda Coast Guard were in the vicinity and tasked to assist, upon arriving on scene a passing vessel was already helping the disabled REEL WET which was able to return to her mooring in Riddell’s Bay under her own power.