Bermuda Radio Stresses Float-Plan Importance

August 16, 2015

Bermuda Radio officials stressed the importance of mariners keeping adequate communication with shore contacts and filing a ‘float-plan’ [PDF here] with Bermuda Radio after receiving a call on Saturday [Aug 15] from a member of the public concerned for family members who were overdue from a night fishing trip.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesperson said, “On Saturday 15th August 2015, 2:56am, Bermuda Radio received a call from a member of public concerned for her son and brother who were overdue from a night fishing trip off of Penhurst Park, North Shore.

“The last contact with the vessel was made through the member of public’s mother who advised that the vessels engine wouldn’t start. Bermuda Radio commenced VHF radio call outs to try and get in contact with the vessel, as well as calling the owners cell phone, but no contact was established with either.

“Bermuda Radio called Police COMOPS who sent a land unit to the area, and they advised that they did see a vessel’s running lights offshore. After contacting the concerned mother for an update, she advised that she sees the vessel being towed in.

“Bermuda Radio speaks with the owner of the vessel and stresses the importance of keeping adequate communication with shore contacts if any changes of plan occur. It is also helpful for vessels who intend on overnight fishing to file a ‘float-plan’ with Bermuda Radio, therefore in the event of urgency, full details are on hand for RCC Bermuda to assist accordingly.”

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