Significant Maritime Incidents

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Date: 21/06/2021

Monday 21st June, 10:45 pm. – RCC Bermuda received a satellite telephone call from the inbound visiting yacht PENELOPE, the 35 ft yacht with 2 people onboard reported that they had jury rigged a sail due to rigging failure. The vessel was just over 60 miles to the North and were put on a communications schedule with RCC Bermuda to monitor their progress. A few hours later the vessel called again as they considered it impossible to continue and wanted a commercial tow. RCC Bermuda were unable to arrange a commercial tow from such a distance at short notice and advised that the best course of action was to continue to sail towards Bermuda as they were making progress and were not in distress. The two crew were exhausted and wanted assistance as soon as possible. RCC Bermuda advised that at such a range the only practical course of action was to continue their endeavors to reach Bermuda. The risk and expense of abandoning was not considered a reasonable action. Progress improved the following day and the yacht arrived into St Georges Harbour late on Tuesday evening.


Date: 20/06/2021

Sunday 20th June, 6:08 pm. - A rental catamaran is reported capsized off Crawl Point with six persons in the water. A Pleasure Craft is on scene quickly and the coastguard arrived a few minutes after. All six persons are safely rescued and returned to the Hamilton Princess by the Coast Guard. The upturned vessel is towed into Baileys Bay and put on a mooring, to be dealt with by the hire company after the holiday weekend. The incident is to be investigated to determine how the vessel became capsized.


Date: 19/06/2021

Saturday 19th June, 6:30 pm. - The inbound 41 ft ketch SLIP AWAY called RCC Bermuda from a position 15 miles South of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, advising that they required additional fuel to make it into Bermuda. RCC Bermuda assisted it arranging a rendezvous with another inbound yacht to transfer fuel. Unfortunately the transfer was unsuccessful and Bermuda Yacht Services delivered fuel to the vessel late on Sunday morning and SLIP AWAY was able to proceed into St Georges Harbour without further incident.


Date: 17/06/2021

Thursday 17th June, 2:30 pm – RCC Bermuda received a telephone call from a local vessel advising that they are anchored off Daniels Head with 2 persons onboard and are unable to start the engine. The vessel which is only 15 ft in length advised they did not have a VHF Radio onboard in contravention of the safety equipment carriage requirements. RCC Bermuda were unable to confirm the vessels position as without VHF Radio, direction finding equipment cannot be used to determine the vessels position. RCC Bermuda made calls for assistance on VHF Radio which went unanswered. The Bermuda Coast Guard agreed to assist the vessel by towing the boat back to Mangrove bay. Bermuda Radio directed the Coast Guard to various RADAR targets off Daniels Head without locating the disabled vessel. RCC Bermuda tried to locate the boat by finding the Latitude and Longitude from the cell phone onboard, this proved not to be possible, and the boat operator was advised to set off a rocket flare. The flare was seen by Rescue 1 well to the North of the search area and when Rescue 1 finally located the vessel it was in a position to the West of Eastern Blue Cut. Almost 6 miles from Daniels Head and way off the initial search position. Rescue 1 took the boat in tow and returned it to the moorings a couple of hours later. This case serves as a reminder of the importance of carrying the correct safety equipment and knowing your position.


Date: 17/06/2021

Thursday 17th June, 7:20 pm – RCC Bermuda received a satellite telephone call from the Chemical Tanker NORTHERN OCEAN in a position 100 miles North North East of Bermuda, the tanker had received several VHF DSC alerts regarding a disabled vessel about 20 miles from their position. A short time later voice communication was established and when NORTHERN OCEAN arrived on scene they found the distressed vessel to be a 31 ft named KEO which had been on passage from the Dominican Republic to the Azores, the single-handed sailor reported that the vessel had become dismasted 6 days ago. The sailor wanted to abandon the yacht and transfer was effected by tying the vessel alongside and lowering a ladder onto the deck of the yacht. The ship continued on passage to Freeport Bahamas and a Notice to Mariners was issued regarding the floating hazard to navigation. The single handed sailor was lucky to be rescued as there was no EPIRB or satellite communication devices onboard.


Date: 14/06/2021

Saturday 12th June, 1:00 pm – RCC Bermuda received a call from RCC Norfolk regarding the single handed 32 ft sloop GINNY on passage from Norfolk, Virginia to Bermuda. The sailor’s wife was concerned for her Husband as she had lost communications with him via the onboard SPOT tracking device. The yacht had difficulty approaching Bermuda on the previous evening, Friday 11th June, and subsequently drifted beyond radar range and was no longer responding to VHF calls. The position of GINNY was intermittently received from the SPOT tracking device and found to be over 100 miles to the North North East of Bermuda on Monday morning. At 9:00 am, Monday morning RCC Bermuda diverted the Panama registered tanker, SILVER STACIE, enroute from Beaumont, USA to Rotterdam, Netherlands. As a message had been received by family members ashore from the skipper of GINNY advising that he wished to abandon the yacht although the issues onboard were unclear. Early on Monday afternoon the yacht skipper activated the 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon and continued to send SPOT messages advising that he wanted to abandon the yacht. The tanker rendezvoused with the yacht on Monday evening and successfully transferred the skipper who will be carried aboard to the next port of call. The yacht was left adrift and a Notice to Mariners issued regarding the floating hazard to navigation.


Date: 11/06/2021

Thursday 10th June, 7:51 pm – Sailing yacht SUADADE that had previously departed Bermuda, alerted Bermuda Radio that they were returning to Bermuda due to Engine failure. A tow was arranged through Bermuda Yacht Services and the vessel is now alongside in St Georges Harbour.


Date: 09/06/2021

Wednesday 9th June, 3:00 pm – Sailing vessel KENT RACING which is a participant of the Bermuda 1-2 race was unable to enter St George’s Harbour as they had lost there propeller. They were towed into the harbour by Bermuda Yacht Services later in the afternoon.


Date: 09/06/2021

Wednesday 9th June, 7:36 am – A local fishing vessel reported a capsized boat approximately 20 ft in length adrift near Challenger bank. The vessel appeared to have been upturned and drifting for some time and was unidentifiable. It was not practical to tow the vessel, a navigational warning was issued regarding the hazard to navigation.


Date: 07/06/2021

Monday 7th June, 9:46 pm – A visiting yacht anchored in Convict Bay called Bermuda Radio on VHF radio as one of the crew members onboard suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder while going into the water to swim. Bermuda Radio requested an ambulance to attend Ordnance Island while the patient was taken ashore by tender and onward to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.


Date: 06/06/2021

Sunday 6th June, 9:28 pm. A member of the public contacted RCC Bermuda via 911 call to report what was thought to be a red flare, seen near Grace Island, in Granaway Deep. The person reporting the sighting kindly agreed to keep a look out and report any further sightings. The Bermuda Coast Guard investigated the sighting and observed a Chinese Lantern in the area which may have been mistaken for a flare. There were no related reports, and the case was closed late on Sunday night.


Date: 05/06/2021

Saturday 5th June, 3:25 pm – The local vessel SEA WOLF called Bermuda Radio on VHF to advise that a rental boat has capsized in the vicinity of Watford Bridge resulting in 4 people being recovered from the water by SEA WOLF. The Coast Guard attended and found there were no injuries, the rental boat was towed back to Watford House Dock and the incident investigated to establish why the boat capsized.


Date: 05/06/2021

Saturday 5th June, 3:45 am – RCC Bermuda receives a telephone call via the U.S Coast Guard at RCC Norfolk from the mother a sailor onboard a 42ft Catamaran, possibly bound for Bermuda, that has stopped transmitting position information from the onboard tracking device. The anxious caller has not received an updated position for the vessel, sailing between St Maarten and the Azores, since 10:30 pm on Wednesday 2nd June. RCC Bermuda takes details of the yacht, including last known position and notes that the vessel was approx. 470nm South of Bermuda 3 days ago. On the morning of Monday 7th June RCC Bermuda was contacted again by family members of the crew advising that Satellite telephone contact had been made, the crew were safe, and proceeding directly to the Azores.


Date: 04/06/2021

Friday 4th June, 10:20 am – Bermuda Radio were unable to make contact with a vessel observed on RADAR approaching Bermuda. The inbound vessel was monitored and seen to be on a dangerous course approaching the reef line near in the vicinity of North Rock. The Coast Guard were requested to assist and rendezvoused with the vessel and found the family onboard the 48 ft French registered yacht were not listening on VHF Radio and were not familiar with making a safe arrival into St George Harbour.


Date: 03/06/2021

Thursday 3rd June, 9:57am – Bermuda Radio is asked, by the pilot onboard VIKING ORION, to record details of a minor contact between the Cruise ship VIKING ORION and a local sailing vessel. The contact occurred as the Cruise ship was berthing in Hamilton, later observations found only minor damage had occurred.


Date: 01/06/2021

Saturday 1st June, 3:55 am – BMOC received an email from the Hamilton port superintendent that a 35 ft Sloop “Ardara” was adrift near No #8 berth with no one onboard. Port security secured the vessel the vessel and the owner was contacted by Bermuda Radio later in the morning.


Date: 31/05/2021

Sunday 31st May, 06:39 pm – Bermuda Radio received a call that a Boston Whaler “Mamacita” was disabled in the vicinity of the Belmont hotel, the Coast guard had a unit nearby and agreed to assist by towing the vessel to a nearby private dock.


Date: 29/05/2021

Saturday 29thMay, 2:15 pm. Bermuda Radio received a cell phone call from local vessel VIKING, disabled off Martello Tower with 6 people onboard. Bermuda Radio initiated calls to the public for assistance. After receiving no response the Coast Guard towed the vessel to Stonecrusher corner where it was trailered.


Date: 25/05/2021

Tuesday 25th May, 5.20 pm - Bermuda Radio received a call from a member of the public regarding two people in difficulty off Elbow Beach. Calls are made for assistance and a Police land unit dispatched. Upon arrival at the scene the Police find two persons onshore, one of which has sustained a minor head injury whilst windsurfing.


Date: 24/05/2021

Monday 24th May, 2:20 pm – Management at the St. Regis Hotel advised Bermuda Radio that a jet ski was operating close to shore and at speed at St. Catherine’s beach. There was concern for the safety of guests and Police and Coast guard were advised