Boat Towed To Safety After Engine Fails

August 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

A boat off the west end with one person on board and an engine that wouldn’t start was towed to the Mangrove Bay public dock on Thursday night [Aug 24], assisted by operators of the private craft ‘Old Glory‘ which responded to Bermuda Radio’s calls for assistance.

In a separate incident a short time later, a concerned father reported that his son was overdue from a snorkeling trip off the west end. Shortly after 9.00pm, the original caller reported that his son was safely ashore.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesperson said, “On Thursday 24th August at 8:05pm, Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre receives a call from a third party reporting that his friend’s boat is disabled off Casemates near Mangrove Bay.

“Caller advises that vessel is 18ft in length with one person onboard but engine will not start. Bermuda Radio gathers contact information for person onboard while also commencing an all ships broadcast to vessels in the area.

“The private craft ‘Old Glory‘, responds to Bermuda Radio’s calls for assistance, taking P/C FLO T under tow back to Mangrove Bay public dock. Bermuda Radio thanks the crew for their assistance.

“On Thursday 24th August at 8:33pm, Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre is contacted by a concerned father reporting that his son was overdue from a snorkeling trip off the west end of Bermuda, having departed Ely’s Harbour early this morning with two persons onboard.

“Caller was unsure of boat name [Later confirmed to be Off the Rocks] but described it as a 21ft center console. Bermuda Radio made unsuccessful attempts to contact boat operator via cellphone while also commencing an all ships broadcast to any vessels with additional information.

“Shortly after 9pm, the original caller reported that his son was safely ashore having arrived back before sunset, but since home.”

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