Maritime Incidents

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Date: 16/08/2018

Thursday 16th August, 3:30pm – 27ft P/C “EASY DOES IT” calls Bermuda radio to advise that vessel is broken down on Challenger Bank with three persons on-board. Bermuda Radio establishes communication with F/V SHOW DOWN (known to be fishing in area), who advised that vessel was now returning from Challenger Bank, but other vessels continued to fish in area. Bermuda Radio commences broadcasts to boaters in the Challenger Bank area without success, however, F/v SHOW DOWN calls Bermuda Radio for an update and offers to return to Challenger Bank, taking EASY DOES IT under tow back to Ely’s Harbour.


Date: 15/08/2018

Wednesday 15th August, 4:00pm. Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service contacted Bermuda Radio to advise that an ambulance had been requested for charter vessel RESTLESS NATIVE, following injury to a passenger from excessive wake caused by vessels transiting the Deep Bay area. The patient was safely landed ashore in Dockyard and the Marine & Ports Harbour master also advised of incident.


Date: 14/08/2018

Tuesday 14th August, 3:29pm. A call to BMOC indicated that a 17ft Boston Whaler with three persons aboard, was disabled off Ely's Harbour. Bermuda Radio commences broadcasts to vessels in area, as FV REEL ADDICTION responds to calls, taking the vessel under tow to Robinson's Marina. At 4pm, the boston whaler and its occupants were reported safely alongside Robinson’s gas station.


Date: 14/08/2018

Tuesday 14th August, 4:17pm. Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service (BFRS) contact BMOC advising that a 911 call was received from the operator of a 16ft vessel, reporting that a person onboard had belly flopped and was now coughing up blood. Bermuda Radio establishes contact with vessel who reports that it is inbound to Darrell’s Wharf with injured party, where ambulance is standing by. BFRS were given latest update and injured party attended to on arrival.


Date: 12/08/2018

Sunday 12th August, 9:13pm. BMOC is contacted by a member of the public reporting that a friend had borrowed his jet ski but has not returned by 7:30pm as agreed. Efforts were made to establish whereabouts of jet ski and reason for delayed return when a follow-up call revealed that the person had arrived safely back ashore.


Date: 11/08/2018

Saturday 11th August, 4:07pm – While departing Bermuda via North Channel, Cruise ship ‘’ANTHEM OF THE SEAS’’ contacted Bermuda Radio reporting the need to evacuate an ill passenger at the sea buoy. Pilot boat St. David and local Emergency Medical Services were put on standby as patient was successfully landed ashore just after 5pm and taken via ambulance to Kind Edward VII Memorial Hospital. At 6:49pm., Bermuda Radio receives a second call from Anthem of the Seas reporting that ship is returning to Bermuda for the medical evacuation of a second patient. Pilot boat St. David and local EMS were mustered again, as second patient was successfully transferred ashore and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Anthem of the Seas continued towards its next port of call in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten.


Date: 10/08/2018

Friday 10th August, 8:10am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 911 call from a member of the public reporting that a 30ft power craft was disabled, with one person on-board, in the vicinity of Penhurst Park. Bermuda Radio commenced VHF broadcasts requesting assistance while Marine Police vessel Heron 3 was also dispatched to assist. Heron 3 arrived on scene a short while later, taking the vessel under tow to its moorings at Burchall’s Cove.


Date: 10/08/2018

Friday 10th August, 8:10am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from local fishing vessel Paradise One, reporting a yellow ODAS Buoy adrift approximately 15 nautical miles southeast of Bermuda. ODAS (Ocean Data Acquisition System) is a set of instruments deployed at sea to collect as much meteorological and oceanographic data as possible. The buoy was re-sighted early Saturday afternoon 6nm west southwest of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and towed ashore early Tuesday morning by Marine and Ports Aids to Navigation tender ‘DRAGON’. Environment Canada have been contacted to arrange recovery of buoy.


Date: 09/08/2018

Thursday 9th August, 11:02am – Bermuda Radio receives a report from a member of the public advising of a paddle board adrift off North shore, near Berkeley Hill. Marine Police vessel ‘’Rescue 2’’ was tasked to investigate, with no reporting sighting of a paddle board in area. However, a palm tree leaf was sighted and may have been mistaken for a paddle board.


Date: 09/08/2018

Thursday 9th August, 4:14pm – Bermuda Radio received a VHF call from the local charter vessel “”Play Pen’’ advising that vessel has run aground near Spectacle island. There were no reported injuries on board or reports of water ingress. Marine Police vessel Heron 3 was dispatched to assist, freeing the vessel a short while later. Play Pen continued under own steam back to its moorings in Hamilton harbour.


Date: 09/08/2018

Thursday 9th August, 6:18pm – Bermuda Radio receives a report from a member of the public advising what seems to be oil pollution on the beach at Soncy Bay. Department of Environment & Natural Resources was advised with an investigation conducted early Friday morning.


Date: 08/08/2018

Wednesday 8th August, 6:05am – Inbound Cruise ship ‘Celebrity Summit’ contacts Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre to report a technical issue with ships starboard propulsion pod. Vessel remains offshore until repairs were completed before taking pilot to Dockyard a short while later.


Date: 07/08/2018

Tuesday 7th August, 3:00pm – The 22ft Power Craft CORAL SEAS, with 2 persons onboard called Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, advising they had broken down, and were located at anchor in the vicinity of Chubb Heads Beacon. Bermuda Radio made an urgency broadcast on Marine VHF CH16, requesting any vessels able to assist, which was kindly answered by the Fishing Vessel REEL ACTION, and CORAL SEAS was safely towed back to her moorings in Ely’s Harbour.


Date: 07/08/2018

Tuesday 7th August, 8:40pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 911 call from a member of public, reporting concern for a small inflatable dinghy with 2 persons onboard, located off South Shore, in the vicinity of Spittal Pond Nature Reserve. A police land unit was tasked to investigate, arriving at Spittal Pond parking lot, they observed and spoke with two men, with an inflatable dinghy, whom confirmed had been off South Shore fishing, both men safe and well no further action was taken.


Date: 05/08/2018

Sunday 5th August, 1:25pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 911 call from the 32ft Power Craft SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS with 3 persons onboard at anchor near Darrell’s Wharf. The vessel advised smoke was coming from the port engine and was concerned that it would catch fire, ensuring the engines were switched off, after a short while it was confirmed the source of the smoke diminished and the vessel was able to return safely alongside at foot of the lane, under her own power.


Date: 03/08/2018

Friday 3rd August, 3:05pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by cell phone from the 15ft Power Craft LA BOUDEUSE, advising the vessel was disabled off Morgans Point with 2 persons onboard the vessel, Bermuda Radio commenced broadcasts on Marine VHF for any vessels able to assist in the area, a short while later it was confirmed that the Power Craft COUNTRY had assisted and safely towed the LA BOUDEUSE to her moorings in Riddles Bay.


Date: 02/08/2018

Thursday 2nd August, 10:20am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received notification that the 37ft Power Craft LADY GINA was reported low in the water at her berth in Riddell’s Bay, Bermuda Radio promptly contacted the owner of the vessel, who confirmed the vessel was trapped on the dock with the rising tide and appeared low in the water, LADY GINA was secured to her berth and no further action was required.


Date: 02/08/2018

Thursday 2nd August, 1:25pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by cell phone from the 23ft Power Craft KINGFISHER, advising the vessel was disabled in Dundonald Channel with 9 persons onboard the vessel, Bermuda Radio commenced broadcasts on Marine VHF for any vessels able to assist in the area, a short while later it was confirmed that the Power Craft FISH HOOK had assisted and safely towed the KINGFISHER to her moorings in Elys Harbour.


Date: 02/08/2018

Thursday 2nd August, 10:48pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by staff at Grotto Bay Hotel, concerned that they had heard a person shout for help in the vicinity of the beach area at the hotel, Bermuda Radio commenced urgency broadcasts on Marine VHF for any information of persons requiring assistance in this area, and a Police Land unit was tasked to investigate, with nothing further sighted or received and no reports of any persons requiring assistance the Police Land Unit was stood down.


Date: 31/07/2018

Tuesday 31st July, 11:35pm – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a telephone call from concerned parents reporting their son was overdue on an evening outing on the 23ft Power Craft ABOUT TIME, indicating the vessel was proceeding to Paradise Lakes and was expected to return by 9:30pm, unable to make contact with the vessel, Bermuda Radio commenced broadcasts on VHF requesting information on the overdue vessel, a short while later it was confirmed ABOUT TIME had returned to her moorings in Riddell’s Bay and all persons where safely accounted for.


Date: 25/07/2018

Wednesday 25th July, 10:23pm - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 406Mhz EPIRB alert from a Bermuda Registered Beacon indicating a position on land in the vicinity of Pembroke, the Beacon identified the local Fishing Vessel LITTLE J, as being in distress, Bermuda Radio quickly established communications with the vessel owner, who confirmed LITTLE J was safely on her moorings, and the EPIRB was activated accidentally located on dryland. Due to the age of this EPIRB, and the expiry date for the battery life, the device was decommissioned and removed from further use.


Date: 24/07/2018

Tuesday 24th July, 1:25pm - Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a 406Mhz EPIRB alert from a Bermuda Registered Beacon in the vicinity of the North Channel Buoy 3A, the Beacon identified the local Fishing Vessel SERENADE as being in distress, Bermuda Radio quickly established communications with the 16ft Fishing Vessel POND DOGG located in this area with 2 persons onboard, who confirmed they had transferred the EPIRB from SERENADE to POND DOGG, and due to water ingress had observed the beacon becoming activated. All onboard were confirmed safe and well, this emphasized the need to ensure correct handling of these devices, and to ensure they are programmed and registered for the correct vessel identified.


Date: 21/07/2018

Saturday 21st July, 8:35am - BMOC receives an SSAS (Ship Security Alerting System) message from the Dutch registered Cruise Ship OOSTERDAM, indicating distress off the south coast of France. A call to the Company Security Officer confirmed that testing of system was taking place and all parties reported safe and well, the CSO also confirmed that they would resolve the issue, of a Netherlands Registered vessel advising Bermuda Authorities in error.


Date: 20/07/2018

Friday 20th July, 10:53am – Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received A VHF radio call, declaring a Mayday situation from the dive boat BOTTOM TIME in the vicinity of North Rock, the vessel was reported to be taking on water via the propeller shaft with 4 persons onboard, BOTTOM TIME was able to start making headway back to shore under her own power. The Bermuda Aquarium vessel ‘Endurance’ also responded to the Mayday call and started to escort the dive boat ashore, the escort was later taken over by marine police and prompt arrangements were made for BOTTOM TIME to proceed into St Georges Harbour and be lifted out of the water at St Georges Boatyard.