BMOC Deal With Seven Incidents On Sunday

August 4, 2016

On Sunday, the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre Duty Officers handled seven incidents, including an unconscious male being recovered from the water in Mangrove Bay, unruly behaviour onboard a tour boat in the Mangrove Bay area that resulted in the stabbing of one individual, and a female suffering from a “mixture of sun-stroke and possible alcohol consumption.”

Sunday was the day the Non-Mariners event was held in the Mangrove Bay area, and what the police are calling a “water-side melee” occurred, resulting in at least two people being taken to hospital for treatment of injuries and one person being arrested.

Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre Statement

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre [BMOC] spokesperson said, “Sunday 31st July 2016 proved to be a busy day for Duty Officers at the Maritime Operations Centre with seven incidents handled between noon and 9pm.

At 12:45pm. A member of the public reported that the local PC ‘Xipper Tomcat’ was disabled between Hawkin’s Island and Watford Bridge.

“The 19ft Bayliner with 8 persons on-board was enroute Mangrove Bay when her engine failed resulting in the need to anchor in the vicinity of Dundonald Channel. Even though several other boaters were sighted in the area, none responded to Bermuda Radio’s calls for assistance. PC Xipper Tomcat was later sighted under tow to Mangrove Bay.

At 4:20pm. RCC Bermuda received a call from Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service [BFRS], reporting that an unconscious male was recovered from the water in Mangrove Bay area and now needing transferring ashore by Marine Police. Marine Police unit was dispatched to the area, transferring patient to Watford Bridge for onward transfer to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

At 5:12pm. Unruly behaviour on-board a local tour boat in the Mangrove Bay area resulted in the stabbing of one individual and the need for urgent police assistance in restoring order and transfer of injured party to Watford Bridge Ferry Dock. Bermuda Radio contacted Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service to arrange for ambulance transfer of injured party to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

At 5:45pm. Local tour boat ‘Brightstar II’ contacted Bermuda Radio requesting an ambulance at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Hamilton, to assist a 31 year-old female who had succumbed to a mixture of sun-stroke and possible alcohol consumption. The patient was transferred ashore and taken by ambulance to KEMH.

At 06:04pm. The 34ft PC Lap Dance requested assistance from Bermuda Radio reporting that the vessel was disabled in the Great Sound and needed to get to St. George’s. PC Frolic responded to Bermuda Radio calls for assistance reporting that they had another vessel under tow but could assist once this was completed.

“Having arranged for FV Reel Hot to take vessel under tow, Lap Dance manages to restart engine and continues under own steam to St. George’s Harbour. PC Frolic & FV Reel Hot were stood down without further incident.

At 8:02pm. Bermuda Radio received a call from PC Shernelle Marie reporting that vessel had suffered failure to one of two engines. The 32ft vessel with 15 persons on-board, wanted to keep Bermuda Radio appraised of situation as it made its way from North Shore to St. David’s, arriving safely just after 11pm.

At 8:25pm. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a 911 call from a frustrated boater on-board PC Twist Of Faith [12 people on-board], reporting that a male passenger originally on-board was not seen since 2pm.

“Vessel had since departed the Mangrove Bay area without the missing party. Following further investigation a call was received by the Bermuda Police Service reporting that the missing person had been located ashore at a local residence in King’s Point, Mangrove Bay.

“The missing person had suffered a head injury and now required urgent medical attention. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and the casualty transferred to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. PC Twist Of Faith was subsequently advised that the missing party had since been located.”

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  1. Truth is killin' me... says:

    And you ban smoking. Demon Alcohol!!

  2. Rada Gast says:

    “possible” alcohol consumption……

  3. I heart 441 says:

    Sun, Rum & Fun will not always lead everyone acting accordingly.Bermuda like every other country have these similar issues. Thankfully our is at a very small scale.

  4. Hotgog says:

    They put a ban on smoking in the public
    why not a ban on drinking in the public

    • Meh. says:

      Because no one has ever suffered from second hand drink.

    • Note says:

      Visibly drinking alcohol in public is illegal

    • About time says:

      While the vast majority of people use alcohol responsibly, it is almost certain that smokers will end up sick from their nasty habit. There is a level of alcohol consumption generally regarded as safe (and possibly even beneficial to health); any inhalation of smoke is unsafe.

      • sage says:

        You are clearly an alcoholic being so deep in denial, road fatalities and serious injury stats would tell a different story, if we recorded them, not to mention drunken brawls and melees started in and around licensed establishments (or public gatherings). Only an idiot would think an acceptable amount of alcohol in the body is ok for driving, or that drinking is “healthy”. Cigarettes and alcohol kill more people yearly than all hard drugs combined, yet we allow our youth to legally partake in both at 18 when we hand them a drivers license. Your laissez-faire attitude is not restricted to you alone, the majority do endorse it, it stinks of self righteous indignation and blatant hypocrisy.

    • smh says:

      And then see all possible opportunity of tourists visiting our island disappear

    • Herb says:

      Also there is no ban on smoking in public, only in certain areas, anyone can smoke while walking about on the street etc, so dont know where you got that information from

  5. Herb says:

    @Hotgog i think to my knowledge there is a ban on drinking in public, on ones boat is not considered public drinking.

  6. Maddog says:

    How about you all just CONTROL your consumption level…you are going to spoil it for everyone. The police are going to put rules in place or government will ban alchol consumtion in public, and then you will be mad at them. Be accountable, you are spoiling what used to be an awesome Bermuda family event. Have a flippin drink….but how about not having 10? I wonder how productive you were at work on Monday…or if you even showed up….the behaviour is very unattractive, not to mention dangerous.

    • sage says:

      Yes, but the nature of alcohol intoxication is that the more you intake the worse your decision making and judgement get, “just another one for the road”, “bottoms up”, “can’t fly on one wing”, common lingo used by the addicts, and the pushers, before driving home where the false bravado leads the addict to believe they can safely drive (“he’s on auto pilot”) when they obviously can’t. Since almost everyone imbibes, and there are no safer options ( it’s illegal), no social life or “fun” without alcohol, there is no will to do anything.

    • I heart 441 says:

      Keep in mind, we are talking about the 18-25 year old demographic that did this. It’s almost the norm.

  7. Lady Bug says:

    The more popular this event gets, the more serious the issues. For years there was no reporting like this on this day. This use to be such a fun family event! And those who attended actually understood the point of Non-mariners.
    It’s such a shame its turned into these drunken shenanigans.

    • I heart 441 says:

      Still is a family fun day, dont let one freak incident deter you from having a good time out there at non-mariners.