Maritime Incidents

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Date: 07/05/2019

Tuesday 7th May, 8:30am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from a member of public reporting the 30ft Sea Ray ‘’OFF LINE’’ had broken from its moorings and was adrift in Jews Bay. The owner of the adrift vessel was subsequently contacted, advised, and secured the vessel a short while later.

Date: 01/05/2019

Wednesday 1st May, 9:45pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a cellphone call from persons onboard the 24ft Power Craft RAT RACE II, advising the vessel was disabled with a flat battery, in the area west of Ferry Reach Pylons, at anchor with 2 persons onboard. Bermuda Radio commenced broadcasts on Marine VHF requesting any mariners in the area able to assist, with no subsequent response, RCC Bermuda contacted Bermuda Yacht Services as the work boat LINE 2, which was working in the area of the Oil Docks. LINE 2 was able to provide jump start to PC RAT RACE II. A short while later the vessel was confirmed underway, and reported safely arriving safely at her moorings.

Date: 25/04/2019

Thursday 25th April, 2:14 pm – Bermuda Radio received at satellite telephone call from the 118ft Sailing Vessel KNICKERBOCKER, which is inbound to Bermuda, advising that they have found an abandoned 55ft sailing yacht, and have taken it in tow. The yacht does not have a name displayed, but the description shows it to be the same abandoned yacht which was reported to Bermuda Radio on the 3rd of April by ATLANTIC EXPLORER. The US Coast Guard are aware of the vessel, from a previous incident they handled and intend to inform the owners that the yacht is being towed to Bermuda, with an ETA of late Friday night or early hours of Saturday morning.

Date: 23/04/2019

Tuesday 23rd April, 6:55pm. The Cruise Ship ANTHEM OF THE SEAS which had just departed Bermuda, advised Bermuda Radio, that one US male passenger would require disembarkation for hospital treatment. The vessel requested to return and disembark the passenger via the Pilot/Rescue Boat St David, the transfer was conducted at 7:50pm. The ANTHEM OF THE SEAS waited offshore for the return of the ships doctor who had assisted and accompanied the medical transfer, the patient and a relative were safely landed to an awaiting ambulance at Ordnance Island and subsequently transferred to KEMH, the ANTHEM OF THE SEAS continued on passage for Boston a short while later.

Date: 22/04/2019

Monday 22nd April, 1:00 pm – The US Coast Guard RCC Norfolk, contacted Bermuda Radio regarding the 60 ft Canadian registered sailing vessel SIMPLE PLEASURE, which had caused concern, because onboard electronics had stopped position reporting for the vessel. SIMPLE PLEASURE had visited Bermuda earlier in the year and Bermuda Radio was able to provide safety information about the vessel, including an onboard satellite telephone number. On Wednesday 24th April, by early morning the USCG confirmed the vessel was safe and secure alongside at Rhode Island.

Date: 20/04/2019

Saturday 20th April, 5:05 pm. Bermuda Radio received a cellular telephone call from the local 28ft sailing vessel ‘’Friendship’’, advising they were disabled in the Great Sound with 4 Persons Onboard, due to a fault with the vessels steering system. Bermuda Radio commenced Marine VHF Broadcasts requesting assistance from any other vessels in the area able to help, the local Boston Whaler ‘’Secret Smiler’’ kindly replied and offered to proceed and assist. A short while later, ‘’Secret Smiler’’ confirmed they had safely towed the ‘’Friendship’’ back to its moorings in Jews Bay.