Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 19/07/2021

Monday 19th July, 1:30 am – A member of the public contacts Bemuda radio via 911 to report a person overdue from fishing on South Shore in the region of Spittal Pond. Bermuda Radio observes a RADAR target in this area but is unable to make contact on VHF radio and repeated calls to the cell phone of the overdue person go unanswered. The Bermuda Coast Guard are informed of the situation and plan to attend the area during daylight. Upon attending the area, the Coastguard find a member of the public on a disabled vessel. The boat operator had left his mobile phone on land and did not have a functioning VHF radio as the battery had failed. The Bermuda Coastguard assisted the man in returning to Devonshire bay, and enforced the safety equipment carriage regulations as appropriate.


Date: 17/07/2021

Saturday 17th July, 2:00 pm – RCC Bermuda were contacted by telephone by a family member of a person broken down on a fishing vessel in the vicinity of North Rock. RCC Bermuda were able to contact the vessel directly by telephone and established that the vessel was a 20 ft Aquasport which was disabled and at anchor to the North of North Rock with 4 people onboard. The VHF Radio appeared not to be working and it was fortunate that cell phone coverage was available so far offshore. The fisheries vessel Protector was patrolling the North East protected area and agreed to assist, 20 minutes later Protector had established a tow to return the boat to her mooring in Burchall’s Cove. The Bermuda coast Guard were advised that the vessel involved may not have a working VHF radio.


Date: 16/07/2021

Friday 16th July, 4:00 pm – Bermuda Radio received a telephone call from a local 27 ft pleasure craft which was disabled with 2 people onboard, the vessel was located off Wreck Hill and was requested to call again on VHF radio so the position could be fixed using Direction Finding equipment. Bermuda Radio made VHF radio broadcasts requesting assistance, unfortunately the calls went unanswered, later in the afternoon the Coast Guard assisted the vessel which was then able to proceed to her mooring in Ely’s Harbour under her own power.


Date: 15/07/2021

Thursday 15th July, 1:45 pm – The Duty Officer at Bermuda Radio observed a stationary RADAR target in the North Eastern seasonally protected fishing area and advised the department of fisheries, they were unable to send a boat immediately and requested the Bermuda Coast Guard investigate. Rescue 1 approached the vessel later in the afternoon and did not find any sign of illegal fishing.


Date: 11/07/2021

Sunday 11th July, 10:00 pm. Bermuda Radio heard the word "MAYDAY" spoken on VHF channel 16, direction finding equipment showed the broadcast originated from Paradise Lakes area. Further information was requested, and the 24 ft local vessel was found to be broken down and at anchor east of Ports Island with 4 people onboard. The term “MAYDAY” had been misused however the vessel needed a tow and had been unable to get assistance from friends or attract the attention of passing vessels. Bermuda Radio made broadcasts requesting assistance which went unanswered, the Bermuda Coast Guard attended but were unable to find the vessel. Bermuda Radio contacted the broken down vessel by telephone and found they had been assisted and were being towed back t Mills Creek.


Date: 07/07/2021

Wednesday 7th July, 7:57pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by local shipping agent Meyers, advising the fully laden 64,321grt Motor Tanker “FLAVIN” was inbound to Bermuda to disembark a crewmember that had suffered a suspected blood clot and was in need of further medical assessment and assistance. The Maltese registered vessel, on route from Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, to the UK Port of Fawley. Diverted from its position 240 nm west of Bermuda to disembark the patient Thursday afternoon. At 1600 local time, Thursday 8th July, the patient was safely taken ashore via the pilot boat St. George and transferred to an ambulance to be transported to KEMH VII memorial hospital.