Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 26/02/2020

Wednesday 26th February 2020, 10:00am - RCC Bermuda coordinated a joint Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise with the Marine & Ports Pilot/Rescue Boat St David and the Coastguard Vessel Rescue 1. The scenario was a 20ft Small Fishing Vessel with 1 person onboard, that was reported overdue and had been fishing in the vicinity of Northrock Beacon, concern was raised that it may have sunk with a person lost in the water. Both Vessels received tasking instructions from RCC Bermuda, and proceeded to this vicinity promptly and efficiently conducting Search Patterns of the area. This is the first exercise and tasking from Bermuda Radio of the newly formed Coastguard, and we welcome them fully into the SAR infrastructure for Bermuda, and look forward to working closely with this unit in the future. As we approach the Summer Season at full speed, with the increase of traffic this brings on the water, it is a timely reminder of basic equipment safety carriage requirements for example flares and Marine VHF Radio, and what to do in the case of an emergency. Bermuda Radio/RCC Bermuda is the primary shoreside point of contact in a time of need on the water, our facility can be reached 24/7, on the call and distress channels VHF 16 and 2182khz as well as calling 911 and requesting Marine Rescue. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre/RCC Bermuda 19 Fort George Hill St Georges, GE02 +1 441 297 1010 dutyofficer@marops.bm www.marops.bm


Date: 13/02/2020

Thursday 13th February, 4:00 pm – A Boeing 777 passing Bermuda 55 Miles to the South East declared an emergency due to an electrical fault. 20 minutes the London to Tampa flight safely landed in Bermuda


Date: 12/02/2020

Wednesday 12th February, 2:30 pm – RCC Bermuda received an email from the Malta registered Tanker BOTAFOGO the vessel was on passage from Gibraltar to Houston and has a crew member with a suspected appendicitis unfortunately, the ETA to Bermuda was not until Saturday afternoon. RCC Bermuda liaised with RCC Norfolk and it was considered acceptable for the vessel to proceed to Bermuda, the patient was transferred by Pilot boat to an ambulance at ordnance island at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.


Date: 06/02/2020

Thursday 6th February, 5:30 pm – Bermuda Radio were called on VHF Radio from a vessel in Jew’s Bay advising that the 19 ft center console vessel FAMILY AFFAIR is low in the water on it’s mooring. The vessel was correctly registered so the owner could be quickly contacted, the boat was pumped out later Thursday evening.


Date: 03/02/2020

Monday 3rd February, 7:40 am – JRCC Den Helder contacted RCC Bermuda to advise that the Dutch registered cargo ship HUMBERGRACHT has recently lost a 6-person life raft 190 Nautical Miles to the NE of Bermuda. RCC Bermuda issued a Notice to Mariners regarding the incident and no further sightings were received.


Date: 02/02/2020

Sunday 2nd February, 09:38 am - RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz EPIRB alert from the Bermuda registered fishing boat TRIX II, the EPIRB was correctly registered and the emergency contact was able to advise that the vessel was safe on a mooring in Flatts. The false alert was a result of the beacon becoming submerged in heavy rain.