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Date: 14/03/2021

Sunday 14th March, 05:10 pm – Bermuda Radio was called on VHF Radio by the Ferry Skipper onboard CECIL SMITH to advise a small catamaran was under sail in Dundonald Channel without anyone onboard. The Coast Guard were immediately dispatched to identify and recover the vessel. The Owner of the vessels father telephoned Bermuda Radio at a similar time concerned for his son and two friends who had been using the Catamaran to dive for lobsters 1 Mile North of Dockyard, he had just heard the boat had been seen adrift and was heading out with a friend to search for the divers. Bermuda Radio broadcast a PAN-PAN message to all stations requesting assistance in locating the missing divers and coastguard vessels headed for the last known position. 40 minutes after the initial notification of the unmanned catamaran the 3 divers were found safe and well to the North of Dockyard, this incident highlights the importance of shoreside contacts being aware of a vessels float plan.