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Date: 12/08/2017

Saturday 12th August 2017, 2:20pm – Bermuda Radio received a call from a member of the public reporting that they had received a call from a third party, reporting two Jet skis broken down (One having possibly capsized) 1 mile east of Dockyard. Bermuda Radio attempted to call jet ski owner via cell phone to obtain a more accurate position, while Marine Police asset ‘Rescue One’ commenced a search of the area 1 mile east of Dockyard, supported by ‘Heron Two’. Bermuda Radio commenced a radio broadcast to all vessels in the vicinity of Dockyard, Spanish Point or North Shore having possibly sighted two purple jet skis reported in Distress. Marine Police asset ‘Rescue One’ continued its search Eastward and located one jet ski adrift and a second ski with 4 persons in the water, 3 nm north of Tyne’s Bay. Rescue One and Heron Two recovered all persons from the water, taking both skis under tow back to Dockyard.


Date: 12/08/2017

Saturday 12th August 2017, 12:52pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by Police COMOPS reporting that two jet skis have collided in the vicinity of Pompano with one male rider suffering back injuries. Injured party is being transported ashore by boat to Robinson’s Marina while the damaged skis are under tow back ashore. Marine Police officers have commenced an investigation into incident.


Date: 12/08/2017

Saturday 12th August 2017, 12:02pm – Bermuda Radio received a call from Police COMOPS reporting that a member of public on Paget Island had contacted them via 911, to report that someone on a paddleboard had taken their orange kayak approx. 15 minutes ago. Bermuda Radio scanned St. George’s harbour, sighting an orange kayak adrift on the northern side of Paget Island. Police COMOPS were informed and the owner sighted rowing the kayak back to the beach on Paget Island.


Date: 12/08/2017

Saturday 12th August 2017, 00:32am - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from a concerned mother reporting that her 4 year-old son had gone fishing with his father, possibly out of Mills Creek. The mother was unable to confirm name of vessel or location where owner would normally fish. Following a check of Marine & Ports Boats Registration database, vessel was identified as the 25 foot Bertram ‘DE FLOCKA 2.0'. Bermuda Radio commenced VHF Radio calls to P/C ‘DE FLOCKA 2.0’ and any other vessels with information on vessel whereabouts. No responses were received during the early hours but at 08:54 local time, Bermuda Radio received a call from vessel ‘ AS MUCHO’, reporting that a vessel matching the broadcast description had just passed him heading into Mills creek. ‘AS MUCHO’ was requested to return to the 25ft Bertram, confirming that it was “DE FLOCKA 2.0”, with the owner & son onboard. This case highlights the importance of filing a float plan, with accurate boat information & destination details; and the importance of having vessel information correctly registered with the Boats and Moorings section.


Date: 06/08/2017

Sunday 6th August, 11:35am. A member of the public contacted BMOC to report that a ‘Rental Beach pontoon boat / R706’ was located adrift and since secured at Darrell's Wharf. Following a check of Marine & Ports Boat Registration database, it was determined that the vessel was the property of Sea Venture Watersports Ltd., who arranged for collection later in the day. This incident is a reminder of the importance in having current boat registration stickers correctly displayed on water craft to allow for quick identification and recovery by vessel owner.


Date: 06/08/2017

Sunday 6th August, 12:41pm. RCC Bermuda was advised by a passenger onboard a local charter catamaran, reporting that the vessel had grounded off Point Shares. The call quickly ended as the person reported that they were in the process of evacuating to another vessel. There was some confusion as to the name of the vessel with original caller indicating they were onboard the ‘Sally Bum Bum’ but following further investigation by BMOC, it was determined that the person was actually onboard the ‘Big Bum Bum’. Marine Police unit ‘Rescue One’ was dispatched from Mangrove Bay as a controlled evacuation of 30 passengers onboard continued. The vessel operator reported that they had encountered gear problems and drifted onto a reef while trying to restore propulsion. Big Bum Bum was taken under tow by ‘Rescue One’ to Albuoy's Point without further incident.


Date: 06/08/2017

Sunday 6th August, 5:07pm. Bermuda Radio is contacted by the 27ft Boston Whaler ‘BAD TUNA BONE’, reporting that vessel has a disabled engine with 4 persons onboard, approx. 100 meters from Castle Point in Castle Harbour. The vessel suffered hydraulics failure but had already arranged assistance and were awaiting arrival of a tow ashore. RCC Bermuda monitored the situation and just after 6:15pm, BAD TUNA BONE was reported safely back at its mooring.


Date: 06/08/2017

Sunday 6th August, 2:05pm. A member of the public at Point Shares witnessed an 8 ft. blue punt, with 4 persons onboard, swamped and capsized due to the large wake of a passing vessel. The 4 occupants were left in the water, scrambling to the nearby shore, and left the scene. The Marine Police attended in Rescue 1 and righted the vessel, bailed it out and towed it to Mills Creek to secure it to a nearby mooring. As RCC Bermuda has been unable to contact the owner due to stale registration details / contact information, this incident is ongoing until owners can be notified. This incident serves as a reminder to all vessel operators of the need for due care and attention when operating a vessel especially within 100 meters of the shore.


Date: 06/08/2017

Sunday 6th August, 5:00pm. The sailboat BUOY RACER contacts Bermuda Radio to report that a female onboard has struck her head and is now unconscious. Vessel is located in Mangrove Bay as part of ‘Non-Mariners’ event. RCC Bermuda contacts Marine Police command vessel ‘Guardian’ who dispatch ‘Rescue Two’ to assist. The patient was taken onboard Rescue II and subsequently ashore for follow-up medical attention.


Date: 05/08/2017

Saturday 5th August 17 – 10:45am. BMOC received a 911 call from F/V HIS & HERS reporting that a person onboard required immediate medical attention. Vessel was proceeding to Dockyard and currently 1nm away. BMOC contacted Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service to arrange for an ambulance to meet vessel on arrival, with patient transferred by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 05/08/2017

Saturday 5th August 17 – 11:25am. BMOC received a 911 call from a concerned member of the public, reporting that there was a vessel (2 persons onboard) on North shore, drifting east & appears in need of assistance. P/C ‘ SEATRAY’ contacts Bermuda Radio, reporting that they are with disabled vessel, which has managed to re-started engine and that they will follow vessel back to their mooring. While on patrol Marine Police vessel ‘HERON 2”, shadows both vessels back to mooring. P/C ‘SEATRAY’ was thanked for their assistance and released.


Date: 05/08/2017

Saturday 5th August 17 - 6:35pm : Bermuda Radio received a MAYDAY call from P/C ‘SHEAR PLEASURE’ reporting that vessel was disabled outside Ferry Reach on North Shore with 4 persons onboard. A local vessel commenced tow which was subsequently taken over by Marine Police vessel ‘ HERON 2’, with vessel secured to a dock in ferry reach. BMOC spoke to owner of vessel about the correct use of the word ‘MAYDAY’ which should only be used when vessel is in grave and imminent danger with a potential loss of life on-board. Mariners are encouraged to visit the following link which explains when the signals ‘MAYDAY, PAN-PAN, & SECURITE’ should be used. http://www.marops.bm/Documents/BMOC/vhf%20radio%20guide%20for%20printers%20Jan%202012.pdf


Date: 05/08/2017

Saturday 5th August 17 – 7:46am. BMOC received a call from a concerned member of public who had not seen his friend since the previous evening. He believed his friend may have gone out fishing in his boat from Riddell’s Bay, but did not know the name of vessel or have a contact number for him. The caller was put in touch with the Bermuda Police Service who continued with investigations to help locate the Individual.


Date: 04/08/2017

Friday 4rd August 2017 – 2:49am. Bermuda Radio received a VHF radio call from the passenger ship NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY requesting an ambulance at Heritage Wharf, Dockyard, for a 25 year old female passenger requiring hospital treatment. An ambulance was dispatched through Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service for patient transfer to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 03/08/2017

Thursday 3rd August 2017 – 3:00pm. BMOC received a 911 call from a concerned St. George’s resident reporting that P/C CHAOS appeared to be dragging anchor. The owner was not onboard but when contacted quickly returned to vessel & re-secured anchor.


Date: 31/07/2017

Monday 31st July 2017, 1:35am. RCC Bermuda (Rescue Coordination Centre) is contacted by New York Air Traffic Control reporting that a Jet Blue aircraft is diverting to Bermuda for the medical disembarkation of 54 year old male passenger who has taken ill onboard. The aircraft, on route from Santo Domingo to New York and currently 170 miles southwest of Bermuda, was due to land just after 3am. RCC Bermuda pages local Emergency Services in preparation for aircraft arrival and transportation of patient by ambulance. At 3:08am, the Jet Blue aircraft successfully lands at L.F. Wade International Airport with patient taken via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial hospital.


Date: 30/07/2017

Sunday 30th July 2017, 5:07pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre (BMOC) receives a 911 call from the 18 foot power craft ‘ALLORA’ reporting that vessel is disabled in Paradise Lakes with two persons onboard, having made unsuccessful attempts to flag down other vessels in area. Boat does not have a VHF Radio and was only fitted with new engine recently, so unsure as to what issue may be. Bermuda Radio commences VHF radio calls to vessels in area with the 34 foot power boat ‘QUO VADIS’ responding to calls for assistance, taking ‘ALLORA’ back ashore under tow.


Date: 29/07/2017

Saturday 29th July 2017, 10:10pm. Bermuda Radio receives a VHF Radio call from the 16ft power boat, ‘Wasted Seaman’ reporting that vessel is broken down off Commissioner’s Point, Dockyard, with three persons onboard. Following lack of response to multiple VHF calls by Bermuda Radio, Marine Police unit ‘Heron 2’ is dispatched to assist, taking vessel under tow back to Dockyard.


Date: 29/07/2017

Saturday 29th July 2017, 9:59am. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by the 24ft power boat, ‘AZZURRA’ reporting that the vessel is out of fuel approximately one mile north of Dockyard, with three persons onboard. MODERN SINBAD responds to Bermuda Radio’s calls for assistance, taking vessel under tow back ashore.


Date: 26/07/2017

Wednesday 26th July, 1:10pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by the owner of a 24ft Boston Whaler, reporting that vessel was removed 'without his consent' from mooring at Foot of the Lane. BMOC commences investigation into vessel whereabouts and on Friday 28th July, it was established that vessel was removed in error and has since been returned.


Date: 24/07/2017

Monday 24th July 7:08pm. Bermuda Radio received a VHF Radio call from inbound S/V Aventura Azul, reporting engine failure 20nm south of Bermuda, now requesting a tow into St Georges Harbour. BMOC contacted local salvage company ‘Bermuda Yacht Services’ who task vessel ‘Line 2’ to assist. Shortly after midnight, S/V Aventura Azul is berthed safely alongside in St. Georges Harbour.


Date: 23/07/2017

Sunday 23rd July 2017 – 10:13pm. Bermuda Radio received multiple calls including 911, from members of the public reporting a Distress flare off South Shore in the vicinity of John Smith’s Bay. Bermuda Radio commences Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts (PANPAN) while also dispatching a police land unit to area. In the absence of further reports or sightings, and no response to Urgent Marine Broadcasts, no further action is taken.


Date: 22/07/2017

Friday 22nd July 2017 – 11:40am. Bermuda Radio receives a VHF call from the 24ft Wellcraft ‘MILLE ONE’, advising that vessel is disabled off North Shore in the vicinity of Devonshire Dock, with 1 person onboard and concerned about poor weather conditions in area. Person was reassured to remain with vessel while Bermuda Radio would arrange assistance. Bermuda Radio commenced urgency broadcasts seeking any Mariners in the area that could offer assistance. A short while later, local vessel ‘Twin Vee’ responded to Bermuda Radio’s calls for assistance, towing ‘Mille One’ back to Flatts Inlet.


Date: 22/07/2017

Friday 22nd July 2017 - 2:52pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives an urgent call from staff at Tuckers Point Beach Club reporting that a male tourist was missing from their party, last seen swimming off the Beach. Marine Police Units are notified and while still on the line, the missing person is reported safe on the Beach. Marine Police units were stood down with no further action required.


Date: 22/07/2017

Friday 22nd July 2017 – 7:24pm. Bermuda Radio receives reports from members of public located by Greys Bridge, Somerset, that a small vessel can be seen just off the shore line with a person onboard who appears in difficulty due to the squally weather conditions. Further reports indicate that the vessel has capsized causing the person to enter water with shouts for help heard in the area. Marine Police Units are tasked to the scene with reports indicating that one male is in the water but unable to swim. Members of the public enter the water to offer immediate assistance taking the casualty back ashore as Marine Police and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) arrive on scene with additional medical support. Even though this incident occurred only 10-20 feet from the shoreline, it is a worthy reminder for persons who are operating a boat or passengers onboard but unable to swim, of the need to wear a life jacket. Fortunately, proximity to land and availability of first responders on scene led to a positive outcome.


Date: 22/07/2017

Saturday 22nd July 2017 – 5:56pm. Bermuda Radio receives a call from the 24ft P/C Black Tie with 5 persons onboard advising that vessel is disabled with a suspected flat battery in Paradise Lakes. Bermuda Radio commenced urgency broadcasts on VHF requesting any vessels in the vicinity able to assist. A short while later P/c Black Tie confirmed they had successfully started their engine and returned inshore safely with no further assistance required.


Date: 20/07/2017

Thursday 20th July 2017 – 3:42am. Bermuda Radio receives a VHF call from the 21ft P/C Trophy with 2 persons onboard advising they were disabled with a suspected flat battery off North Shore in the vicinity of Murrays Anchorage. Bermuda Radio commenced urgency broadcasts on VHF requesting any vessels in the vicinity able to assist. A short while later P/c Trophy confirmed they had successfully started their engine and returned inshore, with no further assistance required.


Date: 20/07/2017

Thursday 20th July 2017 – 10:40pm. Bermuda radio received a call from Police Operations reporting that a Government research conservation worker had become stranded near the airport roundabout, having secured his vessel to the floating dock, with vessel now reported missing. After further investigation, it was discovered that the vessel was previously donated to Conservation Services after being found adrift without registration details, and unsuccessful attempts to locate owner. The boat was discovered in Mullet Bay the next day (July 21st) with the original owner claiming that the boat was his and had paperwork to prove so. Marine & Ports records were checked and the boat matched owners original registration, however, it was not displaying a current registration sticker. This incident highlights the importance of always displaying a current ‘Marine & Ports registration number’ in a visible location, allowing quick identification by vessel owner or other responders as need be.