Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 13/02/2020

Thursday 13th February, 4:00 pm – A Boeing 777 passing Bermuda 55 Miles to the South East declared an emergency due to an electrical fault. 20 minutes the London to Tampa flight safely landed in Bermuda


Date: 12/02/2020

Wednesday 12th February, 2:30 pm – RCC Bermuda received an email from the Malta registered Tanker BOTAFOGO the vessel was on passage from Gibraltar to Houston and has a crew member with a suspected appendicitis unfortunately, the ETA to Bermuda was not until Saturday afternoon. RCC Bermuda liaised with RCC Norfolk and it was considered acceptable for the vessel to proceed to Bermuda, the patient was transferred by Pilot boat to an ambulance at ordnance island at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.


Date: 06/02/2020

Thursday 6th February, 5:30 pm – Bermuda Radio were called on VHF Radio from a vessel in Jew’s Bay advising that the 19 ft center console vessel FAMILY AFFAIR is low in the water on it’s mooring. The vessel was correctly registered so the owner could be quickly contacted, the boat was pumped out later Thursday evening.


Date: 03/02/2020

Monday 3rd February, 7:40 am – JRCC Den Helder contacted RCC Bermuda to advise that the Dutch registered cargo ship HUMBERGRACHT has recently lost a 6-person life raft 190 Nautical Miles to the NE of Bermuda. RCC Bermuda issued a Notice to Mariners regarding the incident and no further sightings were received.


Date: 02/02/2020

Sunday 2nd February, 09:38 am - RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz EPIRB alert from the Bermuda registered fishing boat TRIX II, the EPIRB was correctly registered and the emergency contact was able to advise that the vessel was safe on a mooring in Flatts. The false alert was a result of the beacon becoming submerged in heavy rain.


Date: 26/01/2020

Sunday 26th January, 2:32 am – RCC Bermuda received a telephone call from New York Air Route Traffic Control Centre advising that the Virgin Atlantic flight VIR6J, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 258 POB, had diverted to Bermuda due to a medical emergency onboard. The aircraft which was enroute from Miami to London landed at 3:11 am and transferred the patient who had suffered a suspected stroke to a waiting ambulance, the flight to London resumed after refueling, taking off at 4:45 am.


Date: 23/01/2020

Thursday 23rd January, 10:30 pm – RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz EPIRB alert from the Bermuda registered fishing boat BIG HOPPER, the EPIRB was correctly registered and the emergency contact was able to advise that the vessel was safe on a mooring in Burchall Cove. The reason for the false alert is unknown.


Date: 17/01/2020

Friday 17th January 4:30 pm – A member of the public reported to Bermuda Radio that a vessel approximately 24 ft in length had dragged her moorings in high winds and was currently receiving damage on the rocks at Devil’s Hole, Harrington Sound. There was difficulty establishing the vessels identity due to conflicting identification numbers and Bermuda Radio were unable to contact the owner until the following day. The vessel was lifted out of the water for repairs on Tuesday 21st January.