Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 26/10/2020

Monday 26 October, 5:10pm : Bermuda Radio received a VHF call reporting the 16ft S/V Hookum Bookum Cookum had broken free from it’s mooring in Jew’s Bay. The vessel was secured by a good Samaritan on a nearby mooring. Contact was made with the owner who will secure the vessel as soon as possible.

Date: 25/10/2020

Sunday 25 October, 1:00pm : Bermuda Radio was made aware of damage to 31ft Power Craft, on it’s mooring in Ely’s Harbour. The propeller shaft and bilge pump were tampered with, allowing water ingress. The damage caused was reported, to have been intentional and Police assistance was requested.

Date: 19/10/2020

Monday 19th October, 4:00 pm – Bermuda Radio received a telephone call from a member of the public advising that the 25ft P/C OFF DE ROAD AGAIN is in immediate danger of capsizing on her mooring in Harrington Sound. Bermuda Radio were able to contact the vessel owner who attended on a friend’s boat shortly after, unfortunately there was insufficient time to save the boat and it capsized on the mooring. The owner has contacted a marine contractor to assist in recovery.

Date: 18/10/2020

Sunday 18th October, 2:00 am – A member of the public reported a blue flare sighted over Somerset, Long Bay. After further discussion it was determined that the characteristics were not the same as a distress flare. The reporting source kindly kept a lookout in the area however no further sightings were reported.

Date: 17/10/2020

Saturday 17th October, 8:31 am - A member of the public called Bermuda Radio by telephone to report two vessels adrift off crawl hill. One was tan in colour, which had previously been on the rocks for some time and had now refloated, the 2nd vessel was reported to be black in colour and further out. No one could be seen on either vessel. The Situation was reported to the Coast Guard who attended and towed the tan coloured boat to dockyard. The black hulled vessel was not located and no further reports regarding this vessel were received.

Date: 17/10/2020

Saturday 17th October, 12:24 pm - A blue/purple barrel was reported to the police by a member of the public floating off Mermaid beach, Warwick. The Coast Guard deployed a vessel to search for the barrel but nothing was found.

Date: 16/10/2020

Friday 16th October, 1:37 am – RCC Bermuda received a 406 MHz ELT alert from a Bermuda registered beacon. On further investigation it was found that the associated aircraft left the Bermuda registry in 2012 and false alerts were received from this beacon twice before in 2013 and 2017. The position of the alert resolved to an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is assumed that the beacon was not reprogrammed and reregistered when the aircraft left the Bermuda register and the activation was a false alert.

Date: 12/10/2020

Monday 12th October, 5:00pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre detected a small vessel by RADAR, indicating a possible violation of the NE seasonal fisheries protected area. After discussion with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, fisheries warden, the Bermuda Coastguard (BCG) was contacted. A Bermuda Coastguard patrol vessel, was dispatched to investigate and found the vessel without cause to take further action under fisheries regulations, but the vessel was found to be un-registered, and not to be displaying a valid registration marking, for which an offence ticket was issued.

Date: 06/10/2020

Tuesday 6th October, 11:30 am – Bermuda Radio were advised by Fire Dispatch that they had received a 911 call from onboard the 33 ft Fishing vessel KNOCKED DOWN which was heading back to Robinsons Marina someone onboard had received a leg injury. Bermuda Radio contacted KNOCKED DOWN and found they were returning from Challenger bank and the casualty was stable, an ambulance met the vessel on arrival.

Date: 06/10/2020

Tuesday 6th October, 2:00 pm – Bermuda Radio received a VHF Radio call from the 21 ft P/C SONIA MARIE which was disabled and at anchor between Cavello Bay and Watford Bridge with 1 POB. Bermuda Radio made an all stations broadcast and the SPIRIT OF BERMUDA offered assistance it was however decided that the Coastguard vessel RESCUE 1 which was patrolling in the area would be a more suitable vessel to assist, SONIA MARIE was towed back to her mooring a short time later.

Date: 05/10/2020

Monday 5th of October, 2:15 pm – A member of the public contacted the Coast Guard directly to advise that the vessel MV AEGIS was adrift in the vicinity of Spanish point. Initially the vessel owner was unable to be contacted due to incorrect registration details but was found after some follow up calls. Shortly after RESCUE 1 towed the vessel into Spanish point before it went aground.

Date: 02/10/2020

Friday 2nd October, 10:30 pm – Bermuda radio received a total of 5 independent reports regarding a suspected distress flare sighting off South Shore between Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Some of the sightings suggested that the flare was moving too quickly to be a distress flare, however due to the number of credible reports a Police Land unit investigated and looked out along South Shore. Bermuda Radio made urgent marine information broadcasts requesting any further information. No new information was received, and the case was closed on Saturday morning, the source of the flare reports remains unknown.