Maritime Incidents

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Date: 09/07/2017

Sunday 9th July 2017 – 8:48pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by the Bermuda Police Service (COMOPS) reporting that they have a 911 call from a jet skier, reportedly broken down off St. David’s. Duty Officer at BMOC speaks with caller and determines that jet ski has two persons onboard and is within 100m of marker SG4 (Entrance to Town Cut, St. George’s Harbour). Caller confirms that they have an anchor onboard but are unaware of how to deploy it. After unsuccessful attempts to flag down vessels in area, intention was to swim for shore (approx. one mile). BMOC advises that persons should remain with jet ski as better chance of them being sighted. Caller also advises that friends phone is now dead and battery for his own phone has little power remaining. While on the line persons could be heard whistling, and calling boat in area which diverted to assist. Duty Officer advises caller to preserve power and to call BMOC once under tow. At 9:13pm. BMOC is contacted by the Jet ski operator reporting that they are safely alongside in St. David’s.

Date: 03/07/2017

Monday 3rd July 2017 - 9:10pm. 49ft sailing vessel ‘GAIA’ returns to Bermuda for engine repairs having departed the island on the 30th June bound for Jolly Harbour, Antigua. The vessel contacted Bermuda Radio reporting an issue with engine and in need of a tow into St. George’s Harbour. Logistics commenced for a commercial tow operator to take the vessel under tow once within proximity of the Sea Buoy, 2 miles East of Bermuda. At 8:35pm, sailing vessel ‘Gaia’ was taken under tow for Customs clearance at Ordnance Island, St. George’s Habour.

Date: 02/07/2017

Sunday 2nd July 2017 - 2:15pm. Bermuda Radio is contacted by the 24ft power craft 'SKYLARK' reporting that vessel is broken down in Granaway Deep with three persons onboard. Owner managed to speak with someone ashore who is coming to assist us but wanted to keep Bermuda Radio in the loop. Just after 3pm, Skylark contacts Bermuda Radio to report that vessel is safely alongside in Salt Kettle.

Date: 02/07/2017

Sunday 2nd July 2017 - 6:53am. The 17ft power boat 'SEA SPORT' contacts Bermuda Radio to report that vessel is out of gas off Boaz Island and has been offshore the whole night, having made unsuccessful attempts in contacting someone to assist them. Person onboard was advised to flag down any vessels in the area while Bermuda Radio would commence broadcasts for assistance. A friend of the owner was contacted by Bermuda Radio, delivering fuel to vessel a shore while later.

Date: 29/06/2017

Thursday 29th June 2017. A 911 caller contacts Bermuda Radio just after midnight to report that the 23ft power boat ‘PLAYING HOOKY’ with 2 adults & 2 children onboard, was disabled near the Vixen wreck due to flat batteries. During the call the reporting source advised that a friend had responded to his call and would assist with a tow. Just after 1am, ‘PLAYING HOOKY’ contacts Bermuda Radio to report that all parties are safely back ashore.

Date: 29/06/2017

Thursday 29th June 2017. Bermuda 1-2 Race competitor, 'Spade Foot', recovered approx. 100 miles NNE Bermuda yesterday evening. Vessel previously abandoned 195 miles NNW of Bermuda on 5th June. Intention is for vessel to be shipped back to the U.S.A.

Date: 28/06/2017

Wednesday 28th June, 9am. Bermuda Radio received a 'MAYDAY' call from sailing vessel 'SHOE SHINE' reporting that vessel was taking on water in position 10 miles southeast of St. David's Head. The lone sailor reported that vessel may have struck something five days earlier resulting in a gradual intake of water, now reportedly above the floorboards. Bermuda Radio issued a ‘MAYDAY RELAY’ broadcast with Sports fishing vessel 'LAST STALL', fishing down to the Southwest of Bermuda, and recently arrived Sports fishing vessel 'OFFSHORE LADY', responding to calls for assistance. Pilot boat St. David was also dispatched to area with a de-watering pump onboard. 'Offshore Lady' was the first vessel on scene as one crew member managed to board the sailing vessel and stem the intake of water. Following onboard repairs, ‘Shoe Shine’ continued under sail towards Bermuda, escorted by pilot boat St. David, before final tow into St. George’s Harbour. 'Last Stall' and 'Offshore Lady' were stood down and thanked for their assistance.

Date: 28/06/2017

Wednesday 28th June, 9:18am. Bermuda Radio received a call from NCL tender 'Bo Hengy II', reporting that vessel had suffered steering failure in the vicinity of Elbow Buoy with 184 persons onboard, and was now requesting a tow. Crisson's tug (Operating in the vicinity), was dispatched to assist, taking 'Bo Hengy II' under tow back to Dockyard.

Date: 27/06/2017

Tuesday 27th June 2017 - 3:12pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service who report that a boat is on fire in the Mill's Creek area with units proceeding. Police, BFRS and local assets arrive on scene to assess situation while representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are also tasked to address any resultant pollution in area. Boats in the vicinity are removed to prevent contamination (Fire) with the casualty later identified as the 51ft power boat 'SUM GIRL'. The fire is successfully extinguished as cleanup operations and disposal of vessel continues over the next few days.

Date: 26/06/2017

Monday 26th June, 11:59am. Bermuda Radio receives a call from the 28ft pleasure craft ‘REEL WILD’, reporting that vessel was disabled 4 nm Northeast of Kitchen Shoals due to fuel starvation, with two persons onboard and in need of assistance. Bermuda Radio commenced broadcasts to vessels in the area with Charter Vessel ‘REEL HOT’ reporting that they had a charter onboard but were willing to tow vessel to shallow water to allow for deployment of vessel anchor. REEL HOT was thanked for their assistance with initial tow of vessel, while Bermuda Radio commenced a second request for vessels in area to assist. Local vessel ’TROUBADOUR’ responded to calls for assistance, taking ‘REEL WILD’ under tow to Dowling’s Marine fuel station in St. George’s Harbour.

Date: 25/06/2017

Sunday 25th June, 4:25pm. Bermuda Radio received numerous 911 calls from members of the public reporting a vessel in need of assistance to the west of the Vixen wreck. Person onboard was sounding an air horn & waving their arms to attract the attention of fellow boaters in the area. A short while later, one of the original callers reported that FV ‘PARADISE ONE’ now had the vessel under tow & was proceeding to Robinson’s Marina.

Date: 25/06/2017

Sunday 25th June 1:58pm - Bermuda Radio was contacted by PC MILLIE WON reporting that vessel was disabled in the south channel, with 1 persons onboard and in need of assistance. Marine Police offered to provide a tow to the closest dock, but this offer was declined as owner only wanted to go to Burchall Cove, and was happy to drift in that direction. An all stations broadcast by Bermuda Radio went unanswered despite the presence of numerous boaters in the area. PC MILLIE WON managed to secure a tow from a passing friend, who towed the vessel safely into Burchalls Cove. As always, Mariners are encouraged to monitor VHF Channel 16 once on the water to allow them and fellow boaters to call for assistance.

Date: 25/06/2017

Sunday 25th June 10:57am. Bermuda Radio received a call on VHF Ch16 from M/Y ‘RENA’, North of Hawkins Island, reporting a medical emergency on board. Bermuda Radio contacted Marine Police who attended the vessel along with America's Cup Medical staff. The patient was transferred to the MY MUSASHI’s tender also in attendance, and transported to an awaiting ambulance at Barrs Bay.

Date: 23/06/2017

Friday 23rd June 1:25pm. The 35ft U.S. registered sailing vessel ‘Strummer’ contacts Bermuda Radio via satellite telephone to advise that the vessel is returning to Bermuda for medical reasons. A 70 YOA male crewmember has a heart condition and has been advised by his cardiologist to return to Bermuda for treatment. The vessel had originally departed Bermuda on 21st June with 3 persons on board, bound for the Azores and was now approx. 211 nm North-northeast of Bermuda. Bermuda Radio established a regular communication schedule with the vessel while continuing to monitor the condition of patient. S/V Strummer arrived safely into St. George’s Harbour at 07:00am on Sunday 25th June.

Date: 21/06/2017

Wednesday 21st June, 8:00pm. Bermuda Radio receives a 911 call from a member of the public reporting that a boat had run aground on the rocks at the Northeast corner of Gibbet Island, Flatts. Marine Police boats 'Rescue II' and 'Heron III' were quickly on scene while an ambulance was also dispatched to the area. Fortunately, the sole occupant of the 17ft power craft ‘Bottom Line’, was uninjured but taken for further assessment at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.