Maritime Incidents

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Date: 15/07/2019

Monday 15th July, 2:40pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a Marine VHF call from the local tour boat ‘’ARISTOCAT’’ reporting a 70-year-old age, female passenger, having difficulty breathing and requesting assistance as they were located NW of Dockyard. Marine Police vessel ‘’RESCUE 1’’ was briefed and tasked, and safely transferred the female to an awaiting Ambulance at Albuoy’s Point, Hamilton.

Date: 14/07/2019

Sunday 14th July, 12:17pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a Mayday call on Marine VHF Ch16. Using VHF direction finding equipment indicated the call may have originated from the Little Sound & Caroline Bay area. Marine Police were dispatched, and Urgent marine radio broadcasts were made on VHF Ch.16 to request any further information from Mariners. A thorough search of the Little Sound, Caroline Bay, the Great sound, and Ely’s Harbour out to Chubbs Head was conducted with no signs of any vessels in Distress. Urgent VHF calls were continued, and no further mayday signals or information was received.

Date: 09/07/2019

Tuesday 9th July, 2:50pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received an e-mail from the Liberian Registered LPG Carrier GASCHEM ORCA in a position approximately 300nm West of Bermuda, on passage from Houston, Texas to Teesport, UK. The ship diverted to Bermuda to disembark a 42-year-old, Filipino National Crew Member, who had suffered severe hand injuries onboard the vessel due to frost bite. The Master of GASCHEM ORCA was given medical advice, and the patient was safely transferred to the pilot/rescue boat St David at 9:20 am on Wednesday 10th July and was subsequently transferred to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by Ambulance.

Date: 07/07/2019

Sunday 7th July, 3:28am. Bermuda Radio was called by cellphone from persons onboard a pontoon boat that had become disabled, having run out of fuel near Commissioner's Point, Dockyard. 4 persons onboard the pontoon boat, which called when anchored and having tried to arrange their own assistance. Bermuda Radio made broadcasts on Marine VHF channel 16 to attract attention of local mariners, the vessel was able to draw the attention of a passerby who kindly proceeded to assist. A short while later, the vessel was confirmed safely back ashore at 4:29am.

Date: 07/07/2019

Sunday 7th July, 1:32pm. The 22ft Clearwater Power Craft NORTHERN STAR with 3 persons aboard was reported disabled in Paradise Lakes, among the Great Sound Islands. Advising the mariners were unable to start the vessels engine. Bermuda Radio made calls on Marine VHF Ch16 to all vessel in the area requesting assistance, but soon received a call from PC NORTHERN STAR confirming the engine was now started. The vessel safely returned to its moorings without further incident.

Date: 05/07/2019

Friday 5th July, 9:28am – The US Coast Guard, RCC Norfolk, advise RCC Bermuda that the 50 foot sailing vessel, QUADO on passage from St Martin bound for Halifax, Canada. With 1 POB has activated their Distress Alerting Beacon (EPIRB) Approximately 300NM NE of Bermuda. RCC Norfolk promptly dispatched a C-130 aircraft to assess the situation, and it was confirmed the single handed sailor wished to abandoned his vessel due to steering failure, the motor vessel STAVANGER TS is tasked and diverts to rescue 70 Year Old Male Sailor, who is subsequently safely picked up and continues on the vessels passage to Mississippi.

Date: 05/07/2019

Friday 5th July, 4:00pm – BMOC received an e-mail from the Liberian Registered Bulk Carrier POLLUX in a position approximately 700nm East of Bermuda, on passage from Gibraltar to Corpus Christi, USA. The ship diverted to Bermuda to disembark a 44 year old, Filipino National Crew Member, who had suffered an accident causing a severe finger injury onboard the vessel. The Master of POLLUX was given medical advice by Roma, and the patient was safely transferred to the pilot/rescue boat St David at 9:15 pm on Sunday 7th July, and was subsequently transferred to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by Ambulance.

Date: 05/07/2019

Friday 5th July, 9:00pm – Bermuda Radio receives a 911 call from a concerned Member of Public reporting a flashing light off The Reefs Hotel, South Shore, and suspected it was a vessel indicating Distress. A Police Land unit was tasked to investigate and informed sighting a distress flare in the area. The Marine Police were called and tasked along with local inbound Fishing Vessel who also diverted to investigate the area. The Fishing Vessel and Marine Police Rescue 1 confirmed no distress in the area and the flashing lights were caused by the motion of deck lights on other vessels in the area.

Date: 02/07/2019

Tuesday 2nd July, 4:18 pm – A member of public made a telephone call to Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, reporting a swimmer in distress and calling for help, in the vicinity of Church Bay Beach, Southampton. The caller advised two kayakers had also noticed the person in distress and appeared to be going to his assistance. As the caller was on the telephone line, she described other swimmers also going to the swimmers assistance, and suggested that an ambulance would be required. An Ambulance was dispatched to the scene to ensure prompt medical support if required, around 15 minutes after the initial call, the swimmer was confirmed, safely ashore and not in need of any medical assistance.

Date: 01/07/2019

Monday 1st July, 2:57 pm – Meyer Agencies advised the ‘NORWEGIAN ESCAPE’ requested to disembark a passenger on medical grounds, in Bermuda as soon as possible and had increased speed to arrive at 10:30 am, Tuesday 2nd July, to carry out a MEDICO Transfer offshore to the Pilot Boat St DAVID. The transfer was safely conducted with the passenger being subsequently taken to KEMH by ambulance, The NORWEGIAN ESCAPE will berth as scheduled on Wednesday 3rd July in the morning.

Date: 01/07/2019

Monday 1st July, 2:40 pm – Bermuda Radio Received an Emergency Distress alert from an EPIRB beacon registered to the “SPIRIT OF BERMUDA”, which was on Passage from Bermuda bound for Portland, Maine. The Distress Beacon indicated a position approx. 350nm North Of Bermuda, BMOC established Satellite Communications with the SPIRIT OF BERMUDA, who confirmed the beacon had been washed overboard by a large wave and become activated, confirming all was well onboard and no further action required, the Spirit of Bermuda continues on her journey and is scheduled to arrive at her destination on the 4th July.

Date: 30/06/2019

Sunday 30th June, 12:06 pm – Bermuda Radio was contacted regarding the 90 ft sportfishing boat C’EST LA VIE which reported being disabled 230 Miles WSW of Bermuda after a lightning strike damaged electrical and electronic systems onboard. A short while later, the C’EST LA VIE confirmed they had managed to restore propulsion, and continued on passage to Bermuda, arriving safely into Hamilton Harbour Monday 1st July.

Date: 28/06/2019

Friday 28th June, 7:55 pm – Bermuda Radio received an email from RCC Delgada showing concern for the US registered Sailing Vessel GRAND FOLLY on passage from Bermuda to the Azores, the vessel had been reported overdue by concerned family members ashore. GRAND FOLLY left Bermuda on the 8th of June with 2 POB, on departure from Bermuda the vessel declared an estimated passage time of 20 – 22 days. The GRAND FOLLY was confirmed arriving safely in the Azores Saturday 30th June.

Date: 27/06/2019

Thursday 27th June, 11:52 am – Bermuda Radio responded to someone calling ‘Hello’ on Marine VHF Radio Channel 16, the call originated from a local rental boat with two tourists onboard, who were unable to restart the engine and were adrift near Watford bridge. The boat had been hired from a local rental company, who were contacted by Bermuda Radio and subsequently sent another boat to assist the tourists.