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Date: 08/12/2018

Saturday 8th December, 4:06 PM – Bermuda Radio received a PAN-PAN (Urgent) call from the 37ft P/C, WANDERING SPIRIT, reporting that vessel was disabled and at anchor off Coney Island with 3 persons onboard. Calls for assistance by Bermuda Radio and vessel crew went unanswered and after three hours at anchor the crew were becoming sea sick. The Bermuda Regiment vessel ’41I’, on patrol in Hamilton Harbour for the Boat Parade, arrived on scene at 9:30 PM, accompanied by the BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Oceanic Sciences) vessel HENRY STOMMELL which took WANDERING SPIRIT under tow to Grotto Bay Dock, escorted by the Bermuda Regiment.


Date: 08/12/2018

Saturday 8th December, 3:48 PM – Bermuda Radio received a VHF Radio call from the dive boat, MODERN SINBAD, reporting vessel disabled in the Western Small Boat Channel with 22 persons onboard. Marine Police unit ‘Rescue One’ on patrol in the area, towed MODERN SINBAD back to Robinson’s Marina.


Date: 08/12/2018

Saturday 8th December, 1:23 PM – Bermuda radio received a 911 call from the 18ft Boston Whaler, HOOK AND HOLD, reportedly disabled but at anchor off the entrance to Castle Harbour with 2 persons onboard. Marine police unit Rescue One was tasked to assist, taking the vessel under tow back to its mooring in Hungry Bay.


Date: 07/12/2018

Friday 7th December, 5:10 am - BMOC received a telephone call from Wilhelmsen Ship Management U.K advising that the car carrier TONGALA had received a VHF distress call from the yacht MATHILDE, approximately 500 Miles NE of Bermuda. The 27ft yacht was disabled and taking on water with 1 POB when the distress message was received by TONGALA only 12 miles away. At 5:48 am, TONGALA maneuvered alongside, taking the skipper onboard before setting the yacht adrift. S/v MATHILDE was also involved in another incident during her arrival into Bermuda when assisted by Marine Police, departing Bermuda on the 26th November bound for Canary Islands. The lone sailor will remain onboard the TONGALA until it reaches its next port of call in Bremerhaven on the 15th December. A broadcast to mariners has been issued ref abandoned vessel.


Date: 04/12/2018

Tuesday 4th December, 3:05am. Distressed owner/resident onboard SV COSTA MUCHO reports to Bermuda Radio that he has just been robbed onboard his vessel. Bermuda Police Service were notified and attend to vessel with followup investigations ongoing.


Date: 02/12/2018

Sunday 2nd December, 2018, 8:34 am. FV BIG DIPPER reports 20ft wooden pole adrift vicinity Burchall's Cove and South Channel. DENR Fisheries vessel was tasked to area but unable to locate pole for removal. A local navigation warning has been issued accordingly.


Date: 02/12/2018

Sunday 2nd December, 2018, 1:39 pm. Member of the Public reports four vessels sunk or sinking on moorings vicinity Foot of The Lane. Owners have been contacted and will attend to vessels. These incidents reinforce the value in ensuring that vessel owner registration information is current, allowing for speedy contact and prevention of future damage to vessels.


Date: 30/11/2018

Friday 30th November, 2018, 12:18 pm. Ferry Georgia reports vessel sinking on mooring between Darrell's Wharf and Belmont Wharf, later identified as FOURWINNS. Owners aware of situation with intention to haul vessel on Monday 3rd Dec.


Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 3:19 pm – BMOC receives a call from the s/v DR. DIESEL who reports his dinghy has broken loose from the vessel, and has drifted onto the shoreline in the vicinity of the St. Georges Dinghy Club. Dingy was recovered Thursday morning with assistance from other visiting yachts.


Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 12:15 pm – BMOC receives a call from a member of the public reporting the 24ft PC LONG WOOD low in the water on its moorings at Foot of the Lane. The registered owner was contacted to attend vessel.


Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 12:20 pm – BMOC receives a call from the s/v GALE concerned for the 40ft s/v HONEY BUM BUM adrift in St. Georges Harbour. The registered owner was contacted to attend vessel.


Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 11:55 am – BMOC receives a call from a member of the public reporting the 16ft PC THE JITLA low in the water on its moorings in St. Davids. The registered owner was contacted to attend vessel.


Date: 28/11/2018

Wednesday 28th November, 11:30 am – BMOC receives a call from the visiting s/v CELTIC C concerned for the security of its anchor in Powder Hole with the gale force winds experienced. Pilot Boat ST DAVID assisted the sailing vessel setting a second anchor provided by the Department of Fisheries.


Date: 27/11/2018

Tuesday 27th November, 12:50 pm - BMOC received a VHF call from the visiting 44ft Sloop STORM PETREL reporting that vessel had become disabled in the Narrows Channel shortly after departing St George’s Harbour bound for Hamilton. A commercial tow was arranged via Bermuda Yacht Services as STORM PETREL was returned to anchor in St George’s Harbour.


Date: 27/11/2018

Monday 26th November, 10:07 pm – BMOC was contacted by the Captain of passenger ship QUEEN MARY 2, on passage between New York and St Thomas, reporting that a passenger onboard had suffered a retinal tear and was in danger of losing their sight. After discussion with USCG flight surgeon and Emergency Department at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, it was decided that vessel, then 300 nm WNW Bermuda, should make best speed towards Bermuda for patient transfer ashore via pilot boat. At 1pm local time, Tuesday 27th November, Queen Mary 2 arrived off the east end of Bermuda where patient was successfully transferred ashore via pilot boat St. David, for onward transfer to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.


Date: 24/11/2018

Saturday, 24th November 2018, 10:05 AM, Canadian sailing vessel CELTIC C contacts BMOC via third party reporting that the vessel was weather stressed 65NM North of Bermuda with 3 persons onboard. Crew have jury-rigged a sail arrangement but are in need of a tow into St George’s Harbour on arrival as vessel engine has also failed. Crew intention is to ride out gale to the north of Bermuda and continue for a daylight approach. At 5:48 pm, Sunday 25th November, S/v CELTIC C was taken under tow by pilot boat St. David and anchored safely in St. George’s Harbour.


Date: 24/11/2018

Saturday, 24th November 2018, 9:55 AM, A member of the public contacts BMOC reporting that the sailing vessel CRUSADER had washed up on Nine Beaches. Owner was notified of situation and would attend to vessel.


Date: 23/11/2018

Friday, 23rd November 2018, 7:30 PM – Sailing vessel MARIELLA contacts Bermuda Radio to report that vessel tender is disabled and adrift in St George’s Harbour with two persons onboard. Bermuda Radio commences a broadcast to all vessels in St. George’s Harbour, with S/v EROS reporting that they have a tender in the water and will assist. Tender to Mariella is towed back to vessel and Eros thanked for assistance.


Date: 22/11/2018

Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 10:47 AM – A member of the public reported seeing a person emptying fuel from a motorbike down a storm drain in Hamilton. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre passed the details to the Department of Environment & Natural Resources.


Date: 19/11/2018

Monday 19th November, 1:19pm. RCC Bermuda received a telephone call from a member of public reporting the 20ft vessel BOUT TIME, very low in the water at her moorings located off from Harbour Road, in the vicinity of Newstead. Bermuda Radio contacted the registered owner who attended and pumped out vessel out.


Date: 18/11/2018

Sunday 18th November, 10:30 AM. Norwegian SV MATHILDE, a 26ft sloop, with one person onboard, arrived WSW of Eastern Blue Cut Beacon, appearing to be heading onto the reef. After numerous calls from Bermuda Radio and no response from vessel, SV Mathilde crossed over Western Blue Cut and into the shallows. Upon dispatch of the Marine Police, they discovered that the lone sailor had experienced engine failure, had no working radio equipment and no navigation charts. The vessel was escorted to Robinson's Marina and attended by Customs and Marine Police.


Date: 18/11/2018

Sunday 18th November, 4:22 PM. PC SOLSTICE, on its moorings in Flatts Inlet, was reported low in the water, by a member of the public. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre contacted the registered owner and he proceeded to check the vessel.


Date: 16/11/2018

Friday 16th November, 7:10PM. The UK Coastguard contacted RCC Bermuda, advising concerned relatives for persons onboard the 44ft U.K. registered sloop Sailing Vessel BURASARI, got in touch with the UK Coastguard, having not heard from the vessel for some days. SV BURASARI was on passage in the Atlantic between Newport and Bermuda with 2 persons onboard. RCC Bermuda was able to immediately supply information with details from SV BURASARI, submitted online before the vessel left Newport. RCC Bermuda briefed the UK Coastguard, and then contacted SV BURASARI by satellite telephone, and determined the vessel was located 125nm NW of Bermuda making slow progress towards St. George's Harbour in heavy weather. Everyone onboard was reported well and in good health and required no assistance, a regular communications schedule was established reporting progress for the vessel. SV BURASARI made safe arrival at 6:50pm Sunday 18th November and all concerned parties were notified.


Date: 15/11/2018

Thursday 15th November, 9:45pm. The inbound 45ft sailing vessel ‘PIRATE’ with four persons onboard, on passage from Port Charles, Virginia to Bermuda, contacts Bermuda Radio on VHF to report that they are unable to start their engine and are in need of a tow on arrival in the morning into the harbour. BMOC make arrangements for the Pilot/Rescue Boat St David to assist, and safely tow the PIRATE into St Georges Harbour.