Maritime Incidents

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Date: 10/10/2019

Thursday 10th October, 9:40pm - Bermuda Radio is advised by the 21ft vessel SWEEDS II that they had run out of fuel and were anchored just east of Whalebone Bay, Ferry Reach with 2 people onboard. There own efforts to arrange assistance were unsuccessful and assistance was requested from RCC Bermuda. In response to broadcasts for help on VHF channel 16, the Bermuda Regiment responded and were able to assist. The disabled vessel was landed safely at Coney Island, and the two onboard went ashore to return with fuel on Friday to recover the boat.


Date: 09/10/2019

Thursday 9th October, 6:33 pm - RCC Bermuda is advised by a 911 call from a member of the public driving along North Shore that a small boat off the Mid Atlantic Boat Club with 2 or 3 persons onboard appears low in the water. Bermuda Police Service were contacted to check the area and Marine Police attended in RESCUE 1, by this time the boat had left the area and no further information was received.


Date: 08/10/2019

Tuesday 8th October, 1:48 pm – Bermuda Radio received a call from a 23ft vessel disabled in the vicinity off Five Star Island, with 1 person onboard. An all stations broadcast was made on Marine VHF requesting possible assistance from any mariners in the area. Marine Police were also tasked to assist. A call received a short while later from the owner of the vessel, confirmed he received a tow into Jews Bay from the Fairmont ferry ‘’Majestic Lady’’ and was now safely secured on his moorings.


Date: 08/10/2019

Tuesday 8th October, 5:00 pm – Bermuda Radio received a call from the outbound passenger ship ‘’Anthem of the Seas’. Advising of a medical emergency onboard and requesting Medical evacuation of a passenger. The vessel was under pilotage in Murrays Anchorage, outbound for sea. The Pilot/Rescue boat St. David was tasked to conduct the medical transfer and returned to Ordnance Island a short while later with the patient who was subsequently transported by Ambulance to KEMH.


Date: 04/10/2019

Friday 4th October, 07:17 am – RCC Bermuda was contacted by RCC Bremen regarding the Bulk Carrier TANJA which was diverting to Bermuda to disembark a crew member who had suffered a suspected stroke. Shortly after the initial call, the ships management company advised the vessel was to carry out the MEDICO in St John’s Antigua as this was the closer port of call, and no further assistance was required from RCC Bermuda.


Date: 04/10/2019

Friday 4th October, 7:45 pm – Bermuda Radio received a 911 call from a tourist visiting the Island who was concerned for a small boat, that he had been observing on North shore near Robinsons Bay. After further discussion with the member of public, it was clarified the vessel was not in distress and no further action was taken.


Date: 22/09/2019

Sunday 22nd September, 6:49pm. The 41 ft. local vessel TRAVELLER was beached in Ely's Harbour, during Hurricane Humberto. There were no persons onboard, and the owner liaised with a marine contractor, and confirmed the vessel was removed from the water and secured.


Date: 22/09/2019

Sunday 22nd September, 6:51pm. The Power Craft PIER PRESSURE, a 35 foot local vessel was another casualty of the passage close to Bermuda of Hurricane Humberto overnight Wednesday 18th September. This vessel broke from its moorings and was grounded in Ely's Harbour, with no persons involved nor casualties or injuries. A local marine contractor has removed the vessel from the water and is now secured on land.


Date: 22/09/2019

Sunday 22nd September, 6:30pm. The Bermuda Registered 35 ft Fishing Vessel MORNING STAR II ran hard aground during the battering winds in Hurricane Humberto. The owner liaising with a marine contractor has had the vessel removed from the water and secured for follow-up work. There were no injuries due to this incident.


Date: 22/09/2019

Sunday 22nd September, 9:20pm. Bermuda Radio was notified that the 47 foot. Vagabond make Sailing Vessel ISLAND RAIDER, grounded in Mangrove Bay following the ravages of Hurricane Humberto, this was resolved by the assistance of a local marine contractor. The Vessel has been safely lifted out of the water and secured for recovery operations by the vessel owner. Again, there were no persons onboard and so no injuries or casualties were reported associated with this incident.


Date: 20/09/2019

Friday 20th September, - Since the passage of Hurricane Humberto The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre (BMOC) has been receiving information regarding a large number damaged vessels and vessels which have broken free from their moorings and gone aground. This information has come from members of the public and the Marine Police. BMOC is now following up with the boat owners, regarding plans to refloat, repair and scrap vessels and along with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources boats which may cause a pollution risk are being identified and plans put in place to minimize the risk of marine pollution.


Date: 19/09/2019

Thursday 19th September, 8:30am. The caretaker at Paget Island reported the Youth Sport and Recreation vessel ATLANTIC SPRAY II, was missing from its moorings in the Old St. George's Channel. The vessel had no persons onboard, and was last seen moored before Hurricane Humberto, but despite searching in the surrounding areas, it remains missing without trace.


Date: 19/09/2019

Thursday 19th September, 3:14pm. A 24 foot Power Craft GLASTRON was reported by a member of public, grounded on the shoreline in St Davids, by Higgs Bay, post Hurricane Humberto upheaval. The owner was out of the country, but contacts through the offices of the Corporation of St. George's enabled arrangements for family members to attend to the boat. RCC Bermuda was notified that action was taken to recover the vessel from ashore and there were no reported persons onboard or involved during the incident.


Date: 18/09/2019

Wednesday 18th September, 11:10am - BMOC receives an SSAS (Ship Security Alerting System) message from the Bermuda Registered Container Ship OTTAWA EXPRESS operating off the coast of Newfoundland. A call to the Company Security Officer confirmed that the alert had been sent during routine testing of the SSAS system and all was well onboard.


Date: 18/09/2019

Wednesday 18th September, 8:22pm – Bermuda Radio received a Mayday Call on Marine VHF Ch16, from the 72 foot Power Craft CORTINA, during the height of winds experienced in Bermuda from Hurricane Humberto, the CORTINA had been secured to storm moorings in the vicinity of Ports Island, with 1 person onboard, the vessel became out of control and adrift in the extreme weather conditions, a short time later the vessel confirmed being hard aground on Hinson’s Island, and local residents provided assistance to the solo sailor, who was subsequently confirmed safe and secure on the Island.


Date: 18/09/2019

Wednesday 18th September, 8:36pm – Bermuda Radio received a 406Mhz EPIRB distress alert from the 28ft Fishing Vessel SUPER DUCK, Bermuda Radio contacted the registered owner of the vessel who confirmed the F/V SUPER DUCK was secure at her moorings in Dolly’s Bay, and no persons where onboard, given the weather conditions experienced with Hurricane Humberto in the vicinity it was believed this has played a part in the False Distress Activation.


Date: 18/09/2019

Wednesday 18th September, 8:40pm – Bermuda Radio received a 406Mhz EPIRB distress alert from a Spanish Registered distress beacon, which resolved to an inshore position in the vicinity of St David’s, MRCC Spain contacted RCC Bermuda requesting a sitrep, and provided information that it may be from a vessel called ZOE 3, no records where held at RCC Bermuda with a vessel meeting this description or having registered the beacon code, distress alerts have continued, given the weather conditions experienced with Hurricane Humberto in the vicinity it is believed this has played a part in a False Distress Activation, and further investigation can be conducted at daylight in the St David’s area.


Date: 18/09/2019

Wednesday 18th September, 10:23pm – Bermuda Radio received a 406Mhz EPIRB distress alert from the 28ft Fishing Vessel LADY J, Bermuda Radio contacted the registered owner of the EPIRB who confirmed that the vessel had been sold and he would attempt to contact the new owners, but believed the vessel was secure at her moorings in Riddell’s Bay, and no persons where onboard, given the weather conditions experienced with Hurricane Humberto in the vicinity it was believed this has played a part in the False Distress Activation, and no subsequent alerts have been received.