Houseboat Runs Aground At Foot Of The Lane

January 16, 2016

A houseboat that broke free of its mooring eventually ran aground at Foot of the Lane at Hamilton Harbour on January 8, with the owner in the process of having the vessel transported to a boatyard for repairs.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “On Friday, January 8 at 1.52pm, the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from a member of the public reporting that a houseboat had broken free from its mooring and was drifting towards ‘Foot of the Lane’, Hamilton Harbour.

“All attempts by the Duty Officer to contact the vessel owner were hampered by the fact that vessel owner information held on file had since expired. A subsequent call from another member of the public confirmed that the houseboat was now aground at ‘Foot of the Lane’.

“With the assistance of relatives and other boat owners in the area, contact was made with the vessel owner who arranged for the boat to be removed from the rocks and secured temporarily on the beach. It later transpired that the owner was already in the process of having the boat hauled to a nearby boatyard for repairs.

“This incident highlights the need for all vessel owners to ensure that contact information held at the Marine & Ports Boats & Mooring section is current. This can be done in person during the annual re-registration period or by contacting the Boats and Moorings Section by telephone on 294-4454 or 294-4453 or by email at boatsandmoorings@gov.bm.”

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