Maritime Incidents

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Date: 19/09/2017

Tuesday 19th September, 9:57am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by a member of the public reporting that his 22ft center console 'Francesca' has broken from its moorings in Bailey’s Bay and is no-where to be seen. Bermuda Radio issues a call to local ferries transiting North Shore area to keep a sharp lookout for vessel. A few hours later, the boat owner reports that the vessel was located adrift between Kitchen Shoals and Northeast Breaker beacons and has since been taken under tow back to Bailey’s Bay.


Date: 14/09/2017

Thursday 14th September, 11:30am. Bermuda Radio received a VHF call from the 24ft Power Craft WATER RAT with 2 persons onboard, reporting they were disabled in the vicinity of Chub Heads Beacon, approximately 5 miles offshore. Bermuda Radio commenced Urgency calls on Marine VHF Channel 16 to alert mariners of the incident and requesting any offer of assistance from vessels in the area, Bermuda Radio was advised shortly after, that the PC WATER RAT had been assisted and returned inshore safely without further incident.


Date: 09/09/2017

Saturday 9th September, 9:05pm. Bermuda Radio is contacted by the STS Spirit of Bermuda reporting that vessel has collided with a Marine & Ports ferry in Dundonald Channel, with no reported injuries onboard. Ferry ‘Resolute’ also contacts Bermuda Radio reporting collision and reports that vessel integrity is good. Marine Police and Marine & Ports staff are tasked to scene while other local vessels assist in transfer of passengers ashore. Investigations into incident by Marine Police and Bermuda Shipping & Maritime Authority are ongoing.


Date: 05/09/2017

Tuesday 5th September, 2:12pm. The caretaker on Grace Island reported finding a kayak, having drifted onto the island with no identification or registration number displayed. As the owner could not be easily traced, Marine Police and Marine and Ports, Boat Registrations have all been informed, in the event that the owner comes forward to claim their property. This incident, though minor, serves to encourage mariners to ensure vessels are properly registered, marked accordingly and that their Registration Information is in date and stored correctly at M&P Boats and Moorings. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is open 24/7 and can easily resolve such issues using accurate contact information.


Date: 04/09/2017

Monday 4th September, 7:33pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from K.S. Watersports, reporting that one of their 15ft Boston Whalers ‘R710’ was overdue from a trip to Castle Harbour, having given clear instruction to the 3 occupants to be back from cruising by 6pm. The company dispatched a jet ski to search for the whaler as Bermuda Radio commenced VHF radio broadcasts to any stations with sightings of vessel. A few minutes later (7:55pm), K.S. Watersports reports that the whaler and its occupants were located safe and well near the entry to the Pylons at Ferry Reach. Bermuda Radio cancelled its broadcast to mariners while the rental company had a few stern words with boat operator.


Date: 04/09/2017

Monday 4th September, 9:58pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from a member of public reporting that her son was on-board the 32ft PC RISKY BEHAVIOUR, reportedly disabled due to fuel exhaustion. Caller confirmed that vessel was anchored outside of St. George’s Harbour but unable to confirm total number of persons onboard. Despite being supplied a cell number for boat operator, Bermuda Radio was unable to establish direct communication with vessel, commencing VHF Radio broadcasts to vessels in the area while continuing attempts to contact boat operator via cell phone. At 10:43pm, Bermuda Radio establishes communications with initial caller who reports that another vessel is going out to assist them. Both vessels were traveling in tandem when one did not notice that the other had broken down and went back for him. A few minutes later, Bermuda Radio received confirmation that both vessels were safely alongside in St. David’s. Difficulties in contacting vessel operator via cellphone were attributed to a lack of credit on his phone. This is the reason why a cellphone should always be a backup to Marine VHF Radio on-board (Not a replacement), allowing Bermuda Radio to establish vessel position using Direction Finding equipment, while also alerting other mariners in the area to your plight.


Date: 03/09/2017

Sunday 3rd September 2:00am. Cellphone call from local 21ft Mariner ‘CASHING OUT’, reporting that vessel is disabled on North shore just off Fort George Station with two people on board. Bermuda Radio initiated a broadcast for assistance as F/V ‘ZANDI’ responds to call, taking CASHING OUT under tow back to Market Wharf in St. George’s.


Date: 02/09/2017

Sunday 2nd September, 11:53am. Bermuda Radio overhears a pontoon boat calling KS Watersports on VHF CH16 and calls vessel to confirm if assistance needed. Boat operator confirms that vessel is broken down off Long Island with 3 persons onboard. Engine will not start but anchor has been successfully deployed. Bermuda Radio contacts KS Watersports who arrive on scene half an hour later, taking vessel under tow.


Date: 01/09/2017

Friday 1st September, 00:45am. A member of public alerted Bermuda Radio that a fire was observed on boats located in Riddell's Bay. Initial reports indicated 2 vessels ablaze in Riddell’s Bay. Bermuda Radio requested assistance from the Marine Police to attend the scene with confirmation being received shortly after the initial reports, that the Bermuda Fire Service were already on scene firefighting at Riddell’s Bay. Bermuda Radio made broadcasts on Marine VHF, to alert any vessels in the area to keep well clear for safety reasons and to allow Bermuda Fire Service the ability to tackle the fires unhindered. At 04:20am, Bermuda Radio was advised that emergency services were leaving the area and confirmed that 4 vessels had been damaged by fire, all now extinguished with one sunk in Riddell’s Bay. This incident was followed up by investigations by the Marine Police and Bermuda Fire Service to ascertain the cause of the initial fire.


Date: 01/09/2017

Friday 1st September, 5:30pm. A local fishing vessel located a drifting, abandoned and damaged 40ft capsized vessel to the northeast of St. George's Town Cut, the wreck was towed inshore to St. David's. Investigations by Scuba Divers from the Marine Police confirmed the wreck was derelict and had been drifting offshore for a lengthy period of time, and could not obtain any name or identifying marks. HM Customs were kept advised of this incident and the future of the vessel will be determined by the HM Collector of Wrecks.


Date: 01/09/2017

Friday 01st September 2:31pm. Bermuda Radio received a VHF call from the 22ft F/V ‘’SOLACE’’ with 2 persons on-board, reporting that vessel is disabled off St David’s Head due to battery failure. Bermuda Radio commenced VHF broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity with ‘MOBY DICK’ responding to call & taking ‘SOLACE’ under tow back to St. David’s.


Date: 30/08/2017

Thursday 30th August 8:50am. Bermuda Radio received a call from a member of the public who reported that an abandoned 17ft Blue powerboat “ON THE FLY’, had washed up close to Admiralty House. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre contacts the vessel owner who reports that vessel had recently been stolen from Royal Hamilton Amateur Dingy Club.


Date: 29/08/2017

Tuesday 29th August 10:57am. NCL Tender ‘BO HENGY 2” & ferry “MILLENIUM’ contacted Bermuda Radio to report a semi-submerged small punt adrift on North shore near Tyne’s Bay. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre attempted to contact registered owner, however information held on file had lapsed. On return from Dockyard ferry Millennium was requested to keep a sharp lookout for punt with intention to take under tow if possible. There were no further sightings of vessels as Millennium transited area on return to St. George’s for the evening.


Date: 29/08/2017

Tuesday 29th August, 10:10am. Bermuda Radio was contacted by the vessel ‘Henry M. Stommel’, reporting that they had an unresponsive male onboard following a snorkeling trip near North Rock beacon. CPR was administered to the 62-year-old male as the vessel continued under best speed towards Coney Island. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre also tasked the Fisheries vessel ‘Feral Cat’ to rendezvous with the casualty, who was landed ashore at Coney Island and taken by ambulance to King Edward VII memorial hospital. The Bermuda Police Service have since confirmed that the 62-year-old man has died.


Date: 29/08/2017

Tuesday 29th August, 3:00pm. Cruise ship 'Celebrity Summit' arrives into Bermuda a day early for the medical disembarkation of a female passenger in need of further medical treatment ashore. The vessel, originally due to arrive on the 30th August, anchored in Grassy Bay before berthing alongside King's Wharf, Dockyard. The patient was subsequently taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 29/08/2017

Tuesday 29th August, 6:52am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by a member of the public reporting a 21ft Mako adrift off Deep Bay, Pembroke. Marine & Ports line boat ‘Inspector’ is dispatched to retrieve the vessel which is secured in Dockyard a short while later. While the owner was glad to have his vessel back, he reported that it had been stolen along with other items onboard, and intended on making a formal complaint with Police.


Date: 27/08/2017

Sunday 27th August, 5:48pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by Police COMOPS, reporting that connection was lost with an initial 911 call from a person onboard a rental boat taking on water in the Great Sound area. Bermuda Radio commenced an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (Pan Pan) while also dispatching Marine Police boat HERON 2 to assist. A follow-up 911 call from another vessel in the area (25ft power craft), reported that the rental boat had now sunk with all 13 persons recovered from the water. Bermuda Radio advised the caller that marine police would be on scene in a few seconds and assist in ferrying survivors back ashore. There were no reported injuries as Marine Police vessels 'Rescue 1' and 'Heron 2' arrived on scene and assisted in transfer of survivors back to the Waterlot Inn, Jews Bay. A Marine Police investigation into incident is ongoing.


Date: 25/08/2017

Friday 25th August, 3:34am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a Ship Security Alert (SSAS) from the Bermuda flagged vessel 'STENA PARIS'. Contact is made with vessel Company Security Officer who confirms a false activation of system during battery replacement.


Date: 25/08/2017

Friday 25th August, 1:44pm. RCC Bermuda received a 911 call from a concerned member of the public reporting that her son was onboard a boat which is taking on water approximately 5 miles off Dockyard. Bermuda Radio contacts vessel operator by cellphone who reports that he started engine but could not raise anchor, and when he cut anchor line the engine cut out. Vessel is now adrift with two persons onboard and taking on water over the stern. Crew are bailing by hand while also trying to rig up a temporary anchor. Person is advised to conserve cellphone battery while Bermuda Radio will arrange assistance (Vessel confirmed to be 500 yards west of Eastern Blue Cut). Bermuda Radio issues an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (PAN-PAN) while also tasking Marine Police to assist. Local vessel ‘MODERN SINBAD’ also responds to Bermuda Radio’s call for assistance, departing Robinson’s Marina to the Distress position. Marine Police vessel ‘HERON II’ arrives on scene taking the casualty under tow while MODERN SINBAD is stood-down and thanked for their assistance. Just after 3pm, HERON II reports that the casualty ‘THE BUTT‘, has managed to restart engine and is making own way (Under escort) back to Dockyard. At 4:30pm, both vessels are confirmed safely alongside in Dockyard.


Date: 25/08/2017

Friday 25th August, 11:53am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by Air Traffic Controllers at L.F. Wade International airport, reporting that a Jet Blue aircraft was diverting to Bermuda due to suspected smoke in aircraft. Marine Police vessels 'Heron 2' and 'Heron 3' were dispatched to end of airport runway while BPS and BFRS also responded to incident. The Airbus 321 on route from JFK to St. Lucia with 202 persons onboard, landed safely just after noon (1214 local time). BFRS investigation into fire is ongoing while Marine Police assets have been subsequently stood-down.


Date: 24/08/2017

Thursday 24th August, 8:33pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by a concerned father reporting that his son was overdue from a snorkeling trip off the west end of Bermuda, having departed Ely’s Harbour early this morning with two persons onboard. Caller was unsure of boat name (Later confirmed to be OFF THE ROCKS) but described it as a 21ft center console. Bermuda Radio made unsuccessful attempts to contact boat operator via cellphone while also commencing an all ships broadcast to any vessels with additional information. Shortly after 9pm, the original caller reported that his son was safely ashore having arrived back before sunset, but since home.


Date: 24/08/2017

Thursday 24th August, 8:05pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a call from a third-party reporting that his friend’s boat is disabled off Casemates near Mangrove Bay. Caller advises that vessel is 18ft in length with one person onboard but engine will not start. Bermuda Radio gathers contact information for person onboard while also commencing an all ships broadcast to vessels in the area. The private craft ‘OLD GLORY‘, responds to Bermuda Radio’s calls for assistance, taking P/C FLO T under tow back to Mangrove Bay public dock. Bermuda Radio thanks the crew for their assistance.


Date: 23/08/2017

Wednesday 23rd August, 11:02am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 911 call from a member of the public reporting an unresponsive snorkeler in the water off Cambridge Beaches. Tour boat ‘LOOKING GLASS’ who happened to be in the vicinity, commence CPR as Marine Police boat ‘HERON 2’ arrives on scene and transfers casualty to Sandy’s Boat Club, and then via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial hospital. Marine Police investigations into incident are ongoing.


Date: 22/08/2017

At 10:42pm, Monday 21st August, Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 911 call from a passenger onboard the F/v Rhiona reporting that vessel had run aground with 13 persons onboard (including 5 children). Caller was asked to put Captain on the line so Bermuda Radio could confirm vessel exact position. Captain reports that vessel was in transit from Jew’s Bay to Hamilton Harbour, when it ran aground, position later confirmed to be Stag Rocks. There were no reported injuries onboard and vessel was not taking on water. Bermuda Radio commences Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts (PAN-PAN) to vessels in area while also tasking Marine Police vessel ‘RESCUE ONE’ to assist. F/v Rhiona was eventually freed from rocks and continued under own steam to Albuoy’s Point where it was met by Marine Police for follow-up investigation.


Date: 22/08/2017

Tuesday 22nd August 5:45pm - Bermuda Radio receives a 911 call from a 22ft Mako reporting that vessel was disabled in Paradise Lakes with 4 persons on-board due to ignition issues. While on the line to Bermuda Radio, the person was able to restart their engine, later confirming safe arrival back at their mooring in Jews Bay.


Date: 22/08/2017

Tuesday 22nd August 9:52am. Bermuda Radio received a call from a member of the public reporting a fishing vessel low in the water at its mooring in Bailey’s Bay. Contact was made with registered owner who advised that he would attend to vessel.


Date: 19/08/2017

Saturday 19th August, 12:37pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by the cruise ship NORWEGIAN DAWN indicating that the vessel would be arriving to Bermuda early Sunday morning due to a medical emergency onboard. A 36-year-old passenger, currently in a stable condition, was in need of further medical treatment ashore. Logistics were put in place for Sunday morning arrival with local pilot and Emergency Medical Services awaiting patient arrival. On final approach to Bermuda, it was agreed that the safest method for patient disembarkation would be when vessel was alongside in Dockyard vs transfer by pilot boat to Ordnance Island. The patient was successfully landed ashore a few hours later and taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 19/08/2017

Saturday 19th August, 5:55pm. Multiple Distress flare sightings were reported to the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre and Marine Police indicating a vessel in difficulty off Cambridge Beaches. Marine police vessel ‘HERON 2’, and private craft ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT and OCEAN GYPSY 2 also reported similar sightings with all vessels tasked to the Distress position. Upon arrival, Attitude Adjustment discovered four persons in the water, clinging onto a capsized rental whaler. All persons were taken onboard with no reported injuries. HERON 2 also attended on scene, ensuring that all survivors were in good condition, later reporting that the Rental Operator had since taken his vessel under tow back to Dockyard. This incident highlights the need for carrying Distress flares onboard as a means of alerting other boaters / authorities ashore of your Distress situation. Follow-up investigations by Marine Police are ongoing.