Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 27/09/2020

Sunday 27 September 6:00pm – Bermuda Radio received a 911 cell call from someone onboard the 19ft P/C Faccia-Bella, disabled near the wreck of the Vixen, with 3 persons onboard. Bermuda Radio made an all stations marine radio broadcast for assistance. The Coast Guard responded and towed the vessel safely to Ely’s Harbour.


Date: 07/09/2020

Monday 7th September, 9:00 am – Bermuda Radio received a telephone call from Fire Dispatch regarding a swimmer in distress off Horseshoe Bay, the Coast Guard had already been informed and were preparing to attend. A few minutes later COMOPS advised that the person had returned to the beach of their own accord and had not been in distress.


Date: 07/09/2020

Monday 07 September, 5:30 pm - Bermuda radio received a telephone call from Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service advising that someone had fallen overboard from a boat in the vicinity of pier 1 on Front street and Coast Guard assistance was required. Bermuda Radio contacted the Coast Guard who were on scene and confirmed a person had gone overboard from charter boat ZARA and had not resurfaced. Bermuda Coast Guard advised that the Fire and Rescue Service were on scene and preparing to use diving equipment to search for the missing person. At approximately 17:40 the diver entered the water while Bermuda Radio checked with Coast Guard and COMOPS regarding getting additional divers to assist. At approx. 17:52 the missing person was found by a member of the Coast Guard, unconscious, trapped under the dock. The person was transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital where he was unfortunately pronounced dead.


Date: 07/09/2020

Monday 7th September, 8:21pm - RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz EPIRB Distress Alert which originated from a beacon registered to Bermuda Fishing Vessel BIG HOPPER. Upon contacting the vessel owner, he reported the boat was un-manned and at rest on its moorings. The owner found the EPIRB onboard his vessel inactive and in a normal condition. Upon investigation the ID code of the active beacon it did not match the unit which the owner had in service on the boat. The owner then remembered an out of date EPIRB which was kept at home when this was located it was found to be active. This incident serves to demonstrate that false alerting wastes time and effort, and also that the management of EPIRB devices by owners is critical, once an out of date beacon has been replaced onboard the redundant beacon should be rendered inoperative by removing the battery power supply . Old units may be handed in for disposal at any of the following locations: Bermuda Coastguard at Watford House, Dockyard. Boats & Moorings at Paget Post Office. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre at Fort St George, or Michael Hayward the Bermuda Datrex Representative.