Maritime Incidents

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Date: 13/09/2018

Thursday 13th September, 8:37pm. A member of the public contacted BMOC to report a flare sighting on South shore near the Reefs Hotel. Bermuda Radio initiated radio broadcasts to vessels in the area, requesting further information, however, no further reports were received. Given the fact that the initial report did not fit the description of a Distress flare and no persons were reported in Distress or overdue, no further action was taken.

Date: 03/09/2018

Monday 3rd September, 03:48am. BMOC is contacted by cruise ship ANTHEM OF THE SEAS reporting the need to potentially disembark a 45-year-old stroke victim at the sea buoy prior to scheduled pilot at 7am to Dockyard. At 6:13am, an update from ships doctor indicated that the patient needed to be disembarked at the sea buoy, with patient safely landed ashore via pilot boat St. David, and taken via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. ANTHEM OF THE SEAS has since berthed alongside in Dockyard.

Date: 03/09/2018

Monday 3rd September, 9:26pm. BMOC received a report of two boat groundings within minutes of each other late last night. At 9:26pm. a 911 call from a member of the public reported that a fishing vessel had ran aground near Omega Rocks with several persons injured onboard, while a second vessel was reported aground off Agassiz Island, to the northwest of Long Island, with three persons onboard. Bermuda Radio commenced Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts (PANPAN) to vessels near Omega Rocks, with vessels “Pound for Pound” and “Island Candy” responding to calls for assistance, taking three casualties back to Albuoy’s Point for transfer by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Meanwhile, Marine Police Unit RESCUE ONE responded to incident off Long Island, taking the 22ft P/C RELENTLESS and three uninjured persons back to Barr’s Bay. A local barge is on scene at Omega Rocks in attempts to salvage fishing vessel.

Date: 02/09/2018

Sunday 2nd September, 8:52pm. Bermuda Radio received a call from Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service (BFRS) reporting that a member of the public sighted smoke off Fort St. Catherine, approximately 5nm offshore. Bermuda Radio received no additional reports of sighting but immediately commenced VHF Radio Broadcasts to vessels in the area. Marine Police unit Heron III was also dispatched to investigate but stood down a short while later given the absence of any vessels in Distress.

Date: 26/08/2018

Sunday 26th August, 1:30 pm. Bermuda Radio received a call from the Pilot Boat St. George, outbound to service a departing ship, advising that the 31ft local F/v ‘’RELENTLESS’’ was disabled in Town Cut channel with 5 persons onboard. RELENTLESS was taken under tow back to Dowling’s Gas station.

Date: 25/08/2018

Saturday 25th August 12:40pm. Rescue Coordination Centre Bermuda was contacted by colleagues in RCC Norfolk reporting that an Albatross Seaplane with five persons onboard, was in Distress approximately 250 miles west-southwest of Bermuda. The aircraft, working for a U.S. university, deliberately landed in this position to carry out some research, but is now damaged and unable to take off. A USCG C-130 aircraft was dispatched to area while merchant vessel POLAR PERU also requested to assist. The five survivors were recovered by Polar Peru for onward transfer to USS Mason (DDG 87) and transfer back to the United States. The aircraft is reported still afloat and a Notice to Mariners issued accordingly. Official USCG press release available here:

Date: 24/08/2018

Friday 24th August 10:25am. BMOC receives an SSAS (Ship Security Alerting System) message from the Bermuda Registered Gas Tanker LNG PORT HARCOURT II operating off the coast of Africa. A call to the Company Security Officer confirmed that alert had been sent in error and all was well onboard.

Date: 22/08/2018

Wednesday 22nd August, 11:01am. A 406 MHz ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) alert was received via the COSPAS-SARSAT Distress Alerting Satellite system from the Bermuda Registered aircraft VP-BKS, a Boeing B767. RCC Bermuda contacted Aircraft Operators in Saudi Arabia who confirmed that aircraft was undergoing maintenance in Basel, Switzerland, when the beacon was inadvertently activated.

Date: 21/08/2018

Tuesday 21st August, 5:26pm. The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by the Captain of cruise ship CELEBRITY SUMMIT, reporting the urgent need to disembark a 13 year old boy, suffering from a suspected brain embolism. The vessel, then 150 miles northwest of Bermuda, continued under best speed towards the island for early arrival Wednesday morning. At 1:25am, Wednesday 22nd August, the patient was successfully transferred ashore by pilot boat St. David, under escort by ships medical team, and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.