Maritime Incidents

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Date: 18/06/2018

Monday 18th June, 1:40pm. A caller to Bermuda Radio reports that the 25ft yacht HAY U was dragging anchor in St. George's harbour. Pilot boat St. David was tasked to assist, re-setting anchor of the un-manned vessel, while the owner was also notified by Bermuda Radio. Two hours later, the owner reported that the vessel had been re-secured to its moorings without further incident.


Date: 17/06/2018

Sunday 17th June, 3:59am. Motor Vessel TANJA contacted Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre from a position 210 miles ESE of Bermuda, to report a pollution incident onboard, whereby 20 liters of sludge had spilled onto the ship's deck. Immediate containment actions were undertaken and clean-up successful, except for some discharge that was washed into the sea due to heavy rain. Bermuda Department of the Environment and Natural Resources and U.S. Coast Guard were advised, with no further action deemed necessary.


Date: 17/06/2018

Sunday 17th June, 5:22pm. Bermuda Fire & Rescue Dispatch contacted RCC Bermuda, reporting that the local pleasure craft ROCK SCUTTLE was taking on water in the vicinity of Watford Bridge, with 4 persons onboard. Marine Police unit RESCUE 1 was already on scene and had conveyed the 4 persons to safety with no reported injuries or need for medical assistance. Soon afterwards, the semi-submerged vessel capsized during efforts to pump water from vessel, with owner arranging for a crane truck to haul vessel for temporary repairs and transit back to mooring.


Date: 17/06/2018

Sunday 17th June, 7:17pm. A 911 call to RCC Bermuda reported that the 20ft pleasure craft MINGI SHALINGI had suffered engine problems while underway from 9 Beaches resort to Riddell's Bay, with three persons onboard. Vessel engine would only run for short periods as the three persons remained in contact with someone ashore via What's App., until last heard from in Ely's Harbour. Marine Police unit RESCUE 1 was tasked to search Ely's Harbour but a short while later the overdue vessel was reported safely back at Riddell's Bay. This incident serves to highlight the importance in having a fitted Marine VHF Radio onboard which would have allowed those on board to call for assistance while alerting other boaters in the area to their plight.


Date: 16/06/2018

Saturday 16th June, 9:55am. BMOC received a call from Police COMOPS reporting that CORAL PRINCESS located at the wreck near Western Blue Cut, had a 60-year-old guest onboard suffering from shortness of breath. A Marine Police unit was dispatched to assist but Coral Princess confirmed that they had heaved anchor and were heading ashore with casualty. Marine Police unit was subsequently stood down.


Date: 16/06/2018

Saturday 16th June, 8:00pm. BMOC receives a 911 call reporting that a 26ft vessel (Later identified as LADY IN THE RED), with 12 persons onboard, was aground to the East of Hen Island in St George’s Harbour, but not taking on water. Marine Police unit HERON 1 was tasked to assist, taking vessel under tow a short while later. At 8:21pm. Vessel was confirmed safely alongside with no damage to vessel or injuries to persons onboard.


Date: 16/06/2018

Saturday 16th June, 3:18pm. BMOC received a 911 from a member of the public at Spittal Pond, South shore, advising that a kayak with 2 persons onboard seems to be in Distress. While caller was on the line it was determined that the Kayakers were not in Distress and no further action required.


Date: 16/06/2018

Saturday 16th June, 9:30pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received another alert from the 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) registered to MV STENA SEAFARER, which left the Bermuda flag in 2011. Vessel was scrapped in 2014 with beacon discarded somewhere in Turkey. This incident serves to highlight the necessity for proper disposal of expired beacons to eliminate false alerts received via the COSPAS - SARSAT Distress Alerting System.


Date: 13/06/2018

Wednesday 13th June, 7:44am. BMOC is contacted by a member of the public reporting the 22ft P/c POKER FACE capsized alongside in Dockyard. The Duty Officer contacts vessel owner while also reaching out to Marine Police for assistance. Rescue One attends on scene, reporting that vessel has been hauled and is now at West End Yachts.


Date: 12/06/2018

Tuesday 12th June, 10:30pm. BMOC receives a 911 call from a member of the public reporting 20ft P/c VIBRATIONS low in the water. Marine Police unit attend to vessel the following morning confirming that owner has already pumped it out.


Date: 11/06/2018

Monday 11th June, 7:49am. BMOC is contacted by captain of MV SEAMAGIC, 550 nm east of Bermuda, reporting that a 41-year-old Filipino crew member was in need of medical evacuation. The Captain had already received medical advice from the Emergency Room at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, with intention for vessel to continue steaming towards Bermuda for patient disembarkation. Early Wednesday morning (1:08am) the patient was safely landed ashore by pilot boat St. David and taken via ambulance to KEMH.


Date: 11/06/2018

Monday 11th June, 2:12pm. BMOC receives a 911 call reporting the 33ft sailing vessel SACAWAGEA aground on the west side of Soncy Bay. Marine police boat ‘RESCUE ONE’ reports that it is in Soncy Bay attending to vessel along with owner who is in another boat.


Date: 09/06/2018

Saturday 9th June, 3:58pm. Bermuda Radio is contacted by the 43ft P/C LEGACY reporting that vessel is disabled in Challenger Banks with 5 persons onboard. Bermuda Radio commences broadcasts to vessels in area able to assist. F/v GAME CHANGER and CHALLENGER respond to Bermuda Radio’s call for assistance reporting that both vessels are available to assist if need be. A few minutes later, LEGACY reports that vessel is underway again, arriving safely alongside around 6pm. LEGACY reported that they had a blocked fuel line and switched tanks, then managed to get underway again.


Date: 03/06/2018

Sunday 3rd June, 7:00pm. The cruise ship GRANDEUR of the SEAS departed Baltimore MD., for Bermuda and soon reported that a 53-year-old passenger was suffering from a non-life-threatening disorder but in need of hospital treatment. The ship accelerated to arrive into Bermuda two hours earlier than scheduled and patient transferred to an awaiting ambulance once alongside at Heritage Wharf, Dockyard.


Date: 29/05/2018

Tuesday 29th May, 12:05pm. A 75-year-old female passenger was medically disembarked from cruise ship CELEBRITY SUMMIT this morning and taken via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. A call from Meyer Shipping Agent on Monday 28th May, allowed for logistics to be in place (EMS, Pilot Service, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service) for patient arrival. CELEBRITY SUMMIT is due to return for pilot at 3pm today for onward transit to King’s Wharf, Dockyard.


Date: 28/05/2018

Monday 28th May, 7:13am. RCC Bermuda receives a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert via the COSPAS-SARSAT Satellite Distress Alerting System from Bermuda registered fishing vessel ‘LEGASEA’. A call to family ashore indicated that vessel departed from the east end this morning to fish off Long Point, west of North Rock. Person reports that they spoke with someone onboard approximately 20 minutes ago. Bermuda Radio commences Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts (PANPAN) to vessels with information on S/v LEGASEA, establishing contact with fishing vessel a short while later. All was reported well onboard with beacon activation the result of water ingress.


Date: 28/05/2018

Monday 28th May, 2:44pm. BMOC receives a 911 call from a member of the public reporting a visitor to Southampton Princess Hotel beach, missing after a snorkeling trip early that morning and due to depart island this afternoon. While gathering additional information the reporting source advises that person has since been confirmed safe and well with no further action required.


Date: 28/05/2018

Monday 28th May, 3:15pm. BMOC receives a 911 call from the 17ft power craft ‘EUROCLODED’ with two persons onboard, reportedly disabled off Elbow Buoy due to fuel starvation. Sailing vessel ‘KANTALA’ responds to Bermuda Radio calls for assistance, arriving on scene and supplying fuel to stricken vessel’. ‘EUROCLODED' contacts BMOC a short while later to report that they are safely back at their mooring. S/v KANTALA is thanked for their assistance.