Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 20/02/2024

Tuesday 20th February 2024 – 9:30am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a satellite telephone call from the Bermuda Registered, P&O Cruise Ship VENTURA, which was on a transatlantic crossing from La Coruna, Spain to Freeport, Bahamas. The ship advised that an elderly male passenger required urgent medical assistance ashore, highlighting breathing difficulties being experienced by the gentleman. BMOC liaised with medical staff at KEMH, and a MEDICO transfer was arranged to take place at first light on Wednesday 21st February in the vicinity of the Sea Buoy at the East End. Given the weather conditions experienced offshore, the VENTURA proceeded into Murray's Anchorage, where the patient was transferred by the Pilot/Rescue Boat, St David, ashore to Ordnance Island. Escorted by a member of medical staff off the Cruise Ship, the patient was then taken by ambulance to KEMH. A short while later the VENTURA continued on passage best speed to the Caribbean.

Date: 24/01/2024

Wednesday 24th January, 4:40 pm – RCC Bermuda received a broken PAN-PAN urgency broadcast from the 35 ft Centre Console, DEEP STATE. The boat was to the east of Argus Bank with 3 people onboard. Fortunately, the VHF Radio was still readable despite the distance from the Island and the vessel was able to pass their GPS position. RCC Bermuda broadcast a PAN-PAN relay on VHF CH 16 / 27 / 08 / 06. No response was received and Coast Guard vessel Rescue 1 which was out on patrol was tasked, although there was concern for ability to tow the larger vessel. PAN-PAN broadcasts continued as there were numerous vessels in the vicinity of the Banks visible on RADAR but not responding to the radio broadcasts. RCC Bermuda requested DEEP STATE fire two distress flares to attract fishing vessels known to be in the area. Further communication with the disabled vessel found that a USA registered Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) was onboard. Around 30 minutes into the incident the Fishing vessel ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, which was fishing commercially with 1 person onboard, in a position 12 miles northeast of the distressed vessel agreed to tow DEEP STATE back to her mooring despite his plans to remain fishing on the banks overnight. The Coast Guard were stood down and ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT kindly towed the disabled vessel back, arriving at her mooring around 10 pm.