Reliability, Performance, Compliance


Flare helps save Bermuda fishing boat

St David

A fishing boat has been rescued in Bermuda after a fisherman spotted a red flare.

Two people were on board the disabled vessel, F/V Solace, seven miles off the east end of the island.

Bermuda Radio received a call from a local fisherman who saw the marine distress signal off Northeast Breaker Beacon.

F/V Shake Down was asked to search along with the pilot boat, St. David, which was returning from pilot disembarkation at the sea buoy.

Bermuda Radio issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (PANPAN) and another vessel Bottom Time responded to the calls for assistance.

Shake Down was first on scene and set up a tow to the disabled Solace, which had two people on-board.

St. David arrived a few minutes later and towed Solace to St. George's Harbour, by Market Wharf.

The crew of Shake Down and Bottom Time were thanked for their vigilance and assistance.

A Department of Marine & Ports Services spokesperson says, “This case re-emphasises the reasoning behind mandatory safety equipment carriage requirements and potential need for boaters to access SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) equipment in a hurry.”

The image of St. David is from Wikipedia and is taken by Captain-tucker. It is reproduced under Creative Commons.

Oct 09, 2018