Crew Members Rescued 900 Miles Off Bermuda

June 21, 2016

19 Chinese and Indonesian crew members were rescued today [June 21] after their boat caught fire some 900 miles southeast of Bermuda, the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre said.

The Duty Officer said, “At 1:19 local time this morning, Tuesday 21st June, 2016, the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was contacted by the Panamanian registered merchant vessel ‘K Coral’ in position 900 nm southeast of Bermuda.

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“The Chief Officer on-board reported seeing a cloud of smoke in area and a short while later located the fishing vessel ‘Pioneer’ on fire, with all crewmembers having entered the water.

“All 19 persons [Chinese & Indonesian Nationals] had abandoned the vessel with recovery efforts now underway by M/V K Coral.

“U.S. Coast Guard [RCC Norfolk] and AMVER vessels in area were contacted as 17 of the 19 survivors were quickly recovered, two of whom had suffered from second degree burns, while another crewmember was recovered a short while later.

“After nearly 6 hours on scene and continued searching by ‘K Coral’, assisted by ‘M/V Cherry Point’, the final crew member was recovered from the water.

“All survivors are reported to be in a stable condition, as ‘M/V K Coral’ proceeds under full speed to Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.

“RCC Bermuda and RCC Norfolk continue to monitor patient condition pending possible evacuation by helicopter if need be.”

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  1. Some beach says:

    This and increased maritime tourism are good enough reason coast guard might consider some sort of presence here.
    It just makes sense to me…
    Could I be mistaken?
    Would it be incorrect to consider this an option?
    I dunno…I see opportunity…