Sailboat Taking On Water Issues Mayday Call

June 28, 2017

The sailing vessel ‘Shoe Shine’ initiated a ‘mayday’ call this morning [June 28] reporting that the vessel was “taking on water” and was located 10 miles southeast of St. David’s Head.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “At 9am this morning, Bermuda Radio received a ‘MAYDAY’ call from sailing vessel ‘SHOE SHINE’ reporting that vessel was taking on water in position 10 miles southeast of St. David’s Head.

“The lone sailor reported that vessel may have struck something 5 days earlier resulting in a gradual intake of water, now reportedly above the floorboards.

“Bermuda Radio issued a ‘MAYDAY RELAY’ broadcast with Sports fishing vessel ‘LAST STALL’, fishing down to the Southwest of Bermuda, and recently arrived Sports fishing vessel ‘OFFSHORE LADY’, responding to calls for assistance. Pilot boat St. David was also dispatched to area with a de-watering pump onboard.

“’Offshore Lady’ was the first vessel on scene as one crew member managed to board the sailing vessel and stem the intake of water. Following onboard repairs, ‘Shoe Shine’ continued under sail towards Bermuda, escorted by pilot boat St. David, before final tow into St. George’s Harbour.

“’Last Stall’ and ‘Offshore Lady’ were stood down and thanked for their assistance.”

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  1. Silvery says:

    Good looking out sailors!