Maritime Incidents

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Date: 26/06/2017

Monday 26th June, 11:59am. Bermuda Radio receives a call from the 28ft pleasure craft ‘REEL WILD’, reporting that vessel was disabled 4 nm Northeast of Kitchen Shoals due to fuel starvation, with two persons onboard and in need of assistance. Bermuda Radio commenced broadcasts to vessels in the area with Charter Vessel ‘REEL HOT’ reporting that they had a charter onboard but were willing to tow vessel to shallow water to allow for deployment of vessel anchor. REEL HOT was thanked for their assistance with initial tow of vessel, while Bermuda Radio commenced a second request for vessels in area to assist. Local vessel ’TROUBADOUR’ responded to calls for assistance, taking ‘REEL WILD’ under tow to Dowling’s Marine fuel station in St. George’s Harbour.


Date: 25/06/2017

Sunday 25th June, 4:25pm. Bermuda Radio received numerous 911 calls from members of the public reporting a vessel in need of assistance to the west of the Vixen wreck. Person onboard was sounding an air horn & waving their arms to attract the attention of fellow boaters in the area. A short while later, one of the original callers reported that FV ‘PARADISE ONE’ now had the vessel under tow & was proceeding to Robinson’s Marina.


Date: 25/06/2017

Sunday 25th June 1:58pm - Bermuda Radio was contacted by PC MILLIE WON reporting that vessel was disabled in the south channel, with 1 persons onboard and in need of assistance. Marine Police offered to provide a tow to the closest dock, but this offer was declined as owner only wanted to go to Burchall Cove, and was happy to drift in that direction. An all stations broadcast by Bermuda Radio went unanswered despite the presence of numerous boaters in the area. PC MILLIE WON managed to secure a tow from a passing friend, who towed the vessel safely into Burchalls Cove. As always, Mariners are encouraged to monitor VHF Channel 16 once on the water to allow them and fellow boaters to call for assistance.


Date: 25/06/2017

Sunday 25th June 10:57am. Bermuda Radio received a call on VHF Ch16 from M/Y ‘RENA’, North of Hawkins Island, reporting a medical emergency on board. Bermuda Radio contacted Marine Police who attended the vessel along with America's Cup Medical staff. The patient was transferred to the MY MUSASHI’s tender also in attendance, and transported to an awaiting ambulance at Barrs Bay.


Date: 23/06/2017

Friday 23rd June 1:25pm. The 35ft U.S. registered sailing vessel ‘Strummer’ contacts Bermuda Radio via satellite telephone to advise that the vessel is returning to Bermuda for medical reasons. A 70 YOA male crewmember has a heart condition and has been advised by his cardiologist to return to Bermuda for treatment. The vessel had originally departed Bermuda on 21st June with 3 persons on board, bound for the Azores and was now approx. 211 nm North-northeast of Bermuda. Bermuda Radio established a regular communication schedule with the vessel while continuing to monitor the condition of patient. S/V Strummer arrived safely into St. George’s Harbour at 07:00am on Sunday 25th June.


Date: 21/06/2017

Wednesday 21st June, 8:00pm. Bermuda Radio receives a 911 call from a member of the public reporting that a boat had run aground on the rocks at the Northeast corner of Gibbet Island, Flatts. Marine Police boats 'Rescue II' and 'Heron III' were quickly on scene while an ambulance was also dispatched to the area. Fortunately, the sole occupant of the 17ft power craft ‘Bottom Line’, was uninjured but taken for further assessment at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 20/06/2017

Tuesday 20th June, 3:19pm. RCC Bermuda received a call from the owner of the ferry ‘MT MANSFIELD’, reporting that the vessel was taking on water approximately 315 nm north of Bermuda. The 90ft vessel with 3 crew onboard, on delivery from Newport, Rhode Island, to Barbados via Bermuda, was now turning back to Newport. The crew were not declaring an emergency but keeping RCC Bermuda informed of situation onboard. RCC Bermuda established a communications schedule with the vessel via satellite telephone while also keeping RCC Norfolk and RCC Boston appraised of the situation. MT Mansfield arrived safely alongside a shipyard in New York early Friday morning (June 23rd) where vessel will undergo further assessment before resuming its voyage to Barbados.


Date: 19/06/2017

Monday 19th June, 5:10am. NORWEGIAN DAWN, berthed alongside at King's Wharf called Bermuda Radio to request an ambulance for a 61-year-old passenger suffering severe abdominal pain. Bermuda Radio arranged for the attendance of an ambulance which transported the patient to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital a short while later.


Date: 19/06/2017

Monday 19th June, 1:10pm. Bermuda Radio was contacted by PC KARMA reporting that vessel was disabled but at anchor in Bailey’s Bay, with 6 persons onboard and in need of assistance. An all stations broadcast for assistance by Bermuda Radio went unanswered despite the presence of numerous boaters in the area. PC KARMA managed to get their engine working, making slow progress to their moorings in Red Hole, Hamilton Harbour. As always, Mariners are encouraged to monitor VHF Channel 16 once on the water to allow them and fellow boaters to call for assistance.


Date: 19/06/2017

Monday 19th June, 5:30pm. Bermuda Radio was contacted by inbound SV NELLIE, a 42-foot sloop with 4 persons onboard, reporting rigging problems compounded by fuel exhaustion approximately 10 miles north of the Sea Buoy, Bermuda. Whilst a commercial tow could not be arranged due to local company prior engagements, Bermuda Radio coordinated attendance of the Marine Police who were able to bring fuel to the vessel. At 9:15pm, SV NELLIE was underway again, arriving safely into St. George's Harbour approximatley one hour later.


Date: 18/06/2017

Sunday 18th June, 2:59pm. 26ft PC RIPPLE contacted Bermuda Radio to report that vessel with 8 persons onboard is disabled due to steering failure. Bermuda Radio requested vessel to deploy anchor as assistance was arranged via third party for a tow to RHADC.


Date: 18/06/2017

Sunday 18th June, 7:35am. The recently departed cruise ship OCEAN DREAM, on passage from Bermuda to La Guaira, Venezuela, contacted the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre to report that vessel was returning to Bermuda to urgently disembark a 71-year-old passenger, arriving off the east end at 6:45pm. Arrangements were put in place for disembarkation of patient by Pilot Cutter ST. DAVID to rendezvous with an ambulance at Ordnance Island. By 7:13pm the patient was safely transferred ashore and taken by ambulance to Kind Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 18/06/2017

Sunday 18th June, 1:45pm. Bermuda Radio was contacted by a 22ft power craft adrift in Castle Harbour with 3 persons onboard, reporting that the vessel had run out of fuel and was in need of assistance. Arrangements were made for a friend to attend with vessel seen under tow, entering St. George's Harbour around 3:30pm.


Date: 18/06/2017

Sunday 18th June, 7:08pm. While there was still sufficient searching daylight left, Bermuda Radio was called by an astute member of the public sighting a paddle-boarder on the South Shore off Marley Beach in the Southlands area. The paddle-boarder appeared not to be making clear progress from quite a distance from the shore and the concerned resident contacted Bermuda Radio to alert to his possible need for assistance. The Bermuda Police were tasked to attend the area by land and Marine Police Section advised of the need for possible response on the water. Following a second call to Bermuda Radio, the paddle-boarder was reported to be in the water and apparently un-able to get back onto their board. The Bermuda Police Service attended the scene and met with a group of persons at Astwood Park, now reporting that the person was no longer in sight. The Marine Police unit were tasked to attend and conducted extensive searching in the area until sunset but were unable to locate the paddle-boarder. There were no further reports of persons in difficulty and no reports of persons overdue. The Marine Police unit was stood down making a slow return to Dockyard.


Date: 17/06/2017

Saturday 17th June 4:22pm. Bermuda Radio received a 911 call from 24ft power craft ‘YO SOY FIESTA’ reporting that the vessel was disabled off Cambridge Beaches in the West End with 3 persons on board. Marine Police boat RESCUE 1 was tasked to assist, towing the vessel back to Boaz Island.


Date: 17/06/2017

Saturday 17th June 5:02pm. Bermuda Radio receives a Mayday call on VHF Ch16 from the 45ft catamaran ‘LOUMILIS’, 1 mile west of Hinson’s Island, reporting a medical emergency on board. Bermuda Radio contacts the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service to arrange for an ambulance to meet ‘Loumilis’ tender currently on route to Albuoy’s Point. At 5:28pm the patient was successfully transferred ashore and taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 11/06/2017

Sunday 11th June 7:35pm. Bermuda Radio receives an overseas telephone call from a relative of a crewmember on board the 41ft sailing vessel ‘Fayaway’. The vessel, on passage from Jamestown, Rhode Island to the Azores with 4 persons on board was diverting to Bermuda due to rigging problems. Bermuda Radio established a communications schedule with the vessel in order to monitor progress and provide navigational assistance as needed. On Tuesday 13th June at 07:00am, ‘Fayaway’ arrived near the entrance to St. George’s Harbour where it was taken under tow by Bermuda Yacht Services’ vessel ‘Line II’.


Date: 11/06/2017

Sunday 11th June 2017 – 1:07pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives notification that a visiting motor yacht had run aground near Stag Rocks, Great Sound. First responders reported that the 120ft motor yacht ‘Jetsetter’ was hard aground at Stag’s Rocks but not taking on water and no reports of pollution in area. Initial attempts to pull vessel clear of reef proved futile and a salvage plan initiated by the Department of Marine & Ports Services and local contractor to pull vessel free on next high tide. All guests were taken ashore while attempts were also made to lighten vessel for approaching high tide that evening. At 7:30pm a local salvage contractor accompanied by Marine & Ports assets returned on scene and successfully pulled vessel free of reef approximately one hour later. M/y Jetsetter was escorted to an anchoring position south of Morgan’s Point for a follow-up hull survey the following morning.


Date: 07/06/2017

Wednesday, 7th June - 6:21 am. The 36ft sloop, Aggressive, a competitor in the Newport to Bermuda 1-2 yacht race contacts BMOC from the vicinity of Mills Breaker Buoy to report vessel was unable to make way using engine due to a lost propeller. A fellow race competitor, 'Yankee Girl', also finishing the race on Wednesday morning, provided Aggressive with a tow into St. George’s Harbour.


Date: 05/06/2017

At 6:40pm Monday 5th June 2017, Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Bermuda received a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert from the ‘Bermuda One-Two’ race competitor ‘S/v SPADEFOOT’, indicating Distress in position 194 nm NNW of Bermuda. RCC Bermuda commenced callouts to vessel via satellite telephone and Single Sideband Radio without success but continued to monitor vessel using an onboard tracking system. RCC Bermuda established that the lone sailor was in contact with RCC Boston, highlighting his concerns about the seaworthiness of vessel and intention to abandon into a life raft. Using the yellow brick tracking system, fellow race participant ‘S/V SOLARUS’, was diverted to pick up the survivor a short while later. At 10am today, Tuesday 6th June, S/V Solarus has 110 nm to run to Bermuda.


Date: 28/05/2017

Sunday, 28th May - 3.22 pm. 27ft p/c Suniedaze was reported disabled 1000 yards offshore from the Mid-Atlantic Boat Club, North Shore, with 2 persons on board. Marine Police boat Rescue II responded to the incident and towed vessel back to Devonshire Dock.


Date: 27/05/2017

Saturday, 27th May - 7:16 pm. BMOC receives a 911 call from a member of the public reporting a 17ft power craft in difficulty near to the rocks at Blue Hole Hill, Castle Harbour. There was one person on board who was observed entering the water in an effort to fend the vessel off the rocks. After an Urgent Marine Information broadcast (PANPAN) from Bermuda Radio on VHF CH16 requesting assistance went unanswered, Marine Police boat Rescue I was tasked to assist. After arriving on scene Rescue I towed the 17ft local power craft ‘One Love’ to Coney Island.


Date: 27/05/2017

Saturday, 27th May - 6:18 pm. Marine Police vessel Guardian reported 75ft s/v Amneris under tow from the Great Sound to Dockyard after the vessel sustained a gearbox malfunction.