Mariners Swim To Shore After Boat Disabled

July 9, 2015

On Saturday [July 4] two people swam to shore after becoming stranded on their disabled 17 foot skiff in the Grotto Bay area.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “Two persons stranded in Grotto Bay on their disabled 17 foot skiff Smokin Mon made their own way ashore after calling Bermuda Radio via the 911 system.

“Bermuda Radio made radio broadcasts to try and attract attention to the vessel’s need for a tow, and contacted parties ashore on behalf of the stranded persons, but there was no success.

“Upon checking with the people onboard it was found they had swam the short distance to shore and left the boat anchored and would attend to it the next day.

“Mariners may note that while this appears to be a successful conclusion, it is not advisable to leave a boat to swim to shore. Staying with the boat and arranging assistance is recommended as being safer.”

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  1. Commodore JB of BBIRYC says:

    These people should not be referred to as mariners. The correct term for them is amateurs. These people need to undergo some proper seafaring training. As Commodore of BBIRYC I think I will sponsor some water safety and navigation courses. That way these amateurs do not put myself and my fellow members of BBIRYC at risk while we are out yachting year round.

  2. AS YOU ARE says:

    Where is our police marine section?

  3. Vice Commodore Double Seven Single Niner says:

    This is truly amateur hour, these so called “yachtsman” were woefully unprepared for a voyage. When I go yachting I am always sure to bring everything I may need ; first aid kit, condoms , dry bag , sunblock , just to name a few ! And what kind of “captain” abandons his ship ! Shameful practice that would not be tolerated at BBIRYC

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    Dumb move by the boaters.

  5. Simons says:

    Nothing busts my bilge pump more than irrespnsible boaters. They are a menace to those of us who spend a lot of time on and in the water. If only my mate Niner 3 Zero would take over Maritime Patrol Ops he would run a tight ship – no pun intended.