Maritime Incidents

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Date: 18/08/2019

Sunday 18th August, 11:00 am - Ferry Corona reported an oil spill from a construction barge at the ferry terminal. The owner of the barge and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources were contacted, they were able to confirm that only a very small amount of oil had entered the water and no further pollution was likely to occur.


Date: 18/08/2019

Sunday 18th August, 5:37pm - The 35 ft Power craft LAST GIRL, with 8 persons onboard, called Bermuda Radio as they were disabled off Pompano. Bermuda Radio made VHF Broadcasts and a Bermuda Regiment vessel was able to tow the disabled vessel to Robinson’s Marina.


Date: 17/08/2019

Saturday 17th August, 5:23 pm - The 27 ft power craft ROUGH RIDER, with 2 persons onboard, was reported disabled and at anchor in the sandy shallows off Pompano Beach Resort. A nearby vessel provided a 'jump' start, and ROUGH RIDER was able to get underway without further incident.


Date: 16/08/2019

Friday 16th August, 7:10 am – Bermuda Radio received very weak and unclear VHF call’s on CH 16, the D/F indicated these calls were from North of Fort George all other broadcasts were to weak and brief to understand or activate the D/F. Looking with binoculars from Fort George a very small vessel could be observed North of the Narrows towards NorthEast Breaker. The pilot boat ST DAVID was tasked to go out to this vessel and check for other vessels not visible from Fort George. ST DAVID was unable to see the vessel and could not proceed far North due to her draught. Bermuda Radio contacted the Aquarium vessel ENDEAVOUR which was departing Flatts they were unable to assist due to draught however the smaller Aquarium vessel RARE BIRD TOO agreed to proceed to the scene. Continuous calls were made to the vessel requesting assistance asking them to identify themselves by standing up an waving their arms. A short time later the vessel being observed visually from Fort George was seen to be waving something in the air. At 8:30 RARE BIRD TOO was on scene and able to confirm the vessel JAH ROCK had called Bermuda Radio for assistance as it was broken down, the boat was of wooden construction, 12 ft in length with 1 POB and had been out fishing since 04:00 yesterday morning (15th August) the boat had broken down off dockyard at 10:00 yesterday morning and since this time he had been trying to row ashore. The person onboard was in need of food and water but did not require medical assistance and was towed into St George’s.


Date: 15/08/2019

Thursday 15th August, 1:24am - 406 MHz ELT distress alerts were received from both the ELT's onboard Bermuda Registered aircraft VQ-BOZ. The alerts were almost simultaneous, suggesting an actual distress incident. Speedy contact with VQ-BOZ operators, Ural Airlines, confirmed the aircraft had sustained engine damage shortly after takeoff. The aircraft was forced into a safe but hard landing at Zhukovskiy Airport near Moscow. Although not on the runway, the aircraft evacuated all 226 persons to safety.


Date: 14/08/2019

Wednesday 14th August, 2:58pm - Bermuda dive boat BOTTOM TIME called Bermuda radio as they were disabled and at anchor in Grassy Bay, the vessel had two crew and no guests onboard. Bermuda Radio relayed the situation to their parent company and within the hour another company vessel attended and towed BOTTOM TIME to Dockyard


Date: 14/08/2019

Wednesday 14th August, 5:15pm – A vessel rented in Hamilton by visitors to Bermuda called Bermuda Radio to advise they were lost and trying to find the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel. The vessel was located using VHF Direction Finder equipment and anchored off Shelly Bay. The rental company sent a vessel to collect the guests and tow the boat back to Hamilton.


Date: 09/08/2019

Friday 9th August, 7:55am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received an unscheduled SSAS alert from the Bermuda registered Oil Tanker TEAM DISCOVERER / ZCEP4. Confirmation was received from the Company Security Officer, advising the alert was false, due to technical maintenance being conducted to the SSAS equipment onboard, the vessel was located secure and safe in the Caribbean Sea, North of Venezuela.


Date: 08/08/2019

Thursday 8th August 4:00pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a telephone call from a Shoreside support Doctor located in the UK who is providing medical guidance to the 80ft Sailing Vessel REINA, which was located approx. 700nm East of Bermuda, with an 18 year old crew member having been knocked off his feet on deck, by a large wave. He has sustained an injury to his lower spine which requires medical attention. RCC Bermuda conference calls the USCG Flight Surgeon at RCC Norfolk. With medical details provided they confirm that a helicopter transfer is not required at this time and the vessel is instructed to proceed to Bermuda at best speed, with a tentative ETA Monday 12th August around noon. Bermuda Radio has established a communication schedule with the REINA to monitor the condition of the patient while liaising with RCC Norfolk and the Doctor in the UK.


Date: 08/08/2019

Thursday 8th August 7:58pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was advised by e-mail from JRCC Sweden, that the M/V WISBY PACIFIC, had a crew member onboard suffering from a possible Pulmonary Embolism and required urgent medical assistance, The vessel was located 460nm West from Bermuda on passage from New York bound for New Orleans, RCC Bermuda contacted the USCG RCC Norfolk providing a sitrep, and they subsequently coordinated the vessel to proceed towards the US Coastline. Where a helicopter medivac was conducted, with the crew member being safely transferred to a Hospital in North Carolina by 5pm Friday 9th August.


Date: 06/08/2019

Tuesday 6th August 10:15am – Bermuda Radio received an email from the Marshall Islands registered General Cargo Vessel M/V FEDERAL ALSTER, on passage from Riga, Latvia to Cristobal, Panama. The FEDERAL ALSTER diverted to Bermuda to disembark the vessels 66-year-old Captain, who was having difficulty breathing and required medical care ashore. The patient was transferred to the pilot boat St David without the aid of a stretcher at 6:30pm and was subsequently transferred to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 06/08/2019

Tuesday 6th August, 5:28pm. Bermuda Radio received a report by VHF from a visiting Motor Yacht that a jet ski with 1 male aboard had collided with their stern anchor line at high speed, while anchored near Somerset Bridge. The Motor Yacht’s crew rendered first aid and transported the man ashore to Robinson’s Marina, where an ambulance was met.


Date: 04/08/2019

Sunday 4th August, 10:11am. Bermuda Radio received reports by Marine VHF from the local charter vessel ELIZABETH, advising they had sighted the 13ft Rental Boston Whaler R144 capsized, near Hogfish Beacon, in the Great Sound, with 5 persons reported in the water. Bermuda Radio commenced urgency Marine VHF Broadcasts, and the local vessel EXCELLENCE promptly assisted recovering the persons safely from the water and subsequently towing the stricken vessel to Dockyard.


Date: 04/08/2019

Sunday 4th August, 11:34am. Bermuda Radio received reports by Marine VHF from the local Power Craft DAUNTLESS. Advising the 13ft Rental Boston Whaler R139, was capsized in the vicinity of Watford Bridge with 5 persons reported in the water, one of which was a non-swimmer, and quickly recovered by the DAUNTLESS. Bermuda Radio commenced Urgency Marine VHF Broadcasts, and promptly tasked the Marine Police supported by the Royal Bermuda Regiment, who attended with Marine Police Craft RESCUE 2 and safely recovered the other persons from the water, and towed the stricken vessel to Somerset, advising the tour company to shut down the Rental Operations for the rest of the day given the prevailing weather conditions.


Date: 04/08/2019

Sunday 4th August, 12:06pm. Bermuda Radio received reports via 911 from a member of public, advising the 40 ft Power Craft JUSTIFIED was drifting in Mangrove Bay with no-one onboard. The reporting source advised, that while he remained on his vessel, his other crewmember was on-board the drifting vessel trying to secure it, and that further assistance was required. The Royal Bermuda Regiment where tasked, and RBR 41I promptly arrived on scene to assist, while Bermuda Radio contacted and informed the registered owner who subsequently secured the vessel.


Date: 04/08/2019

Sunday 4th August, 3:42pm. Bermuda Radio was contacted by the Ferry CORONA, reporting the 22ft power craft SEA FOX disabled off Hamilton cargo docks, with 4 persons onboard. The disabled vessel was observed trying to row towards the docks. Bermuda Radio tasked the marine police, and RESCUE I was quickly on scene assisting, and towed the vessel safely back to her moorings.


Date: 03/08/2019

Saturday 3rd August, 8:10pm. The 21 foot centre console ANDIAMO with 1 person onboard requests assistance via family ashore after becoming disabled north of Two Rock Passage enroute from Hamilton to Flatts Inlet. Reports being in danger of dragging anchor onto rocks south of Spanish Point. Family make enquiries and family friend aboard 23 foot centre console SCIMITAR at Deep Bay, North Shore contacted and begins to respond to scene with 4 POB. Simultaneously, Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre contacted by a member of the public at a Spanish Point residence observing vessel ANDIAMO being blown onto rocks. BMOC notes SCIMITAR's Automatic Identification Signal as placing her west of Spanish Point Boat Club and Bermuda Radio makes direct contact with SCIMITAR using a VHF Digital Selective Call. SCIMITAR confirms enroute and presently looking for vessel ANDIAMO - but not in direct contact. Soon after SCIMITAR spots ANDIAMO's lights and arrives on scene within a minute and able to secure a line to ANDIAMO and quickly tow her clear of rocks. 1 POB uninjured after fending off vessel against rocky shoreline. SCIMITAR continues tow to Pitts Bay, Hamilton Harbour so that future engine mechanical assessment of ANDIAMO can occur.


Date: 02/08/2019

Friday 02 August, 11:50am – Meyer Agencies advised the ‘ANTHEM OF THE SEAS’ requested to disembark an 80-year-old male passenger on medical grounds, having sustained head injuries after a fall onboard the vessel. Confirming the ANTHEM OF THE SEAS had increased speed to arrive early at the Sea Buoy at 02:00am, Saturday 3rd August, to carry out a MEDICO Transfer offshore to the Pilot/Rescue Boat St DAVID. The transfer was safely conducted with the passenger being taken to KEMH by ambulance, The ANTHEM OF THE SEAS then waited offshore, and subsequently berthed as scheduled at Heritage Wharf later in the morning.


Date: 02/08/2019

Friday 02 August, 8:40pm - Bermuda Radio received a cell call from a charter vessel, expressing concern for a lone kayaker who was observed in the darkness heading towards Paradise Lakes from Grace Island indicating he intended to go free diving. Marine Police where advised and tasked to rendezvous with the Kayaker, and with the assistance of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the lone Kayaker was safely escorted back to Jews Bay.


Date: 28/07/2019

Sunday 28th July, 6:40 pm – An off duty member of Marine Police contacted Bermuda Radio to advise the 31ft Power Craft SEC SEA, was adrift in Ely’s Harbour with no persons onboard, and has been temporarily secured to a mooring. Bermuda Radio contacted the registered owners, to advise the vessel may have broken free from her moorings and has now been temporarily secured, the owners subsequently attended securing the vessel.


Date: 27/07/2019

Saturday 27th July, 1:35am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 911 call from a member of public, reporting her brother was missing from a boat cruise that they were both on earlier in the evening. He was last seen in the Paradise Lakes area around midnight, with the cruise vessel having returned inshore, and now reporting her concerns for his whereabouts. Bermuda Radio commenced urgency Marine VHF Broadcasts for any vessels with information or possible sightings. The Marine Police and Pilot Boat St David where tasked to commence search operations in the area where he was last seen and the vessels return passage to Albuoys Point, at daylight further assets from the Royal Bermuda Regiment and Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service also commenced search operations. At 10:40am the missing 29 year old male was found safe and well on Watling Island, by Timlin’s Narrows, having fallen overboard and swimming to the small Island where he remained through the night.


Date: 25/07/2019

Thursday 25th July, 8:20pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 911 distress call via cell phone from a solo mariner onboard the p/c MOJO reporting grounding off Castle Harbour and taking on water, medical injuries sustained and requesting urgent assistance. Bermuda Radio commenced Mayday Relay Broadcasts on marine VHF Ch16, the Marine Police and Pilot Boat St David where also tasked to assist, the local fishing vessel TENACIOUS promptly responded to the mayday call, and was on scene within 20 minutes, transferring the casualty inshore to a waiting ambulance at Tuckers Town Public Dock, the MOJO was subsequently salvaged successfully from the rocks off Castle Harbour and brought back into St Georges Harbour.


Date: 23/07/2019

Tuesday 23rd July, 1:18pm. – A 406Mhz Distress Alert received for a US registered PLB in a position approx. 140NM SW of Bermuda. Bermuda Radio commenced Marine Urgency radio broadcasts requesting any vessels with further information, and RCC Norfolk diverted the merchant vessel Maersk Shanghai to the area, which resulted in negative search results.


Date: 23/07/2019

Tuesday 23rd July, 5:00pm. – The 21ft center console OHANA was disabled west of Hawkins Island, with 3 POB. Marine Radio Broadcasts for assistance from other mariners, unfortunately went answered but the vessel was safely towed back to RBYC, in Hamilton by a friend on another vessel.