Mistaken Sighting Of “Body” Leads To 911 Call

July 1, 2015

A passing motorist was given a fright when she believed she saw a body face-down in Hamilton Harbour on Monday [June 29], placing a 911 call before realizing that the body in question was an active swimmer.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Center spokesperson said, “On Monday, June 29 at 7.05pm, a 911 call was received from a very concerned member of the public in the vicinity of Foot of The Lane, Hamilton Harbour.

“The female motorist believed she has seen a person floating face down in Hamilton Harbour as she drove past in her car. Whilst on the phone with the Duty Officer at BMOC, the reporting source advised that she could see a man swimming in the harbour, and has mistaken him for a floating body.

“No further action was required.”

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  1. mumbojumbo says:

    Some advice to nimrod swimmer, I do believe swimming in harbour to be one an offence two unhealthy…also shark follow ships in to harbour each and every time a ship comes innit….they follow the ship for refuse…so do mantas….oh and …by the way….only the biggest are capable of doing that….but don’t mind me…if your that dopey…perhaps this is natures way of selective breeding…carry on…

    • Paul Clarke says:

      Dear Mumgojumbo,

      If your advice is indeed correct, it would be fair to say that it is unsafe to swim in most of Bermuda’s waters. For instance, up in Dockyard where the cruise ships dock pretty much, in open water. This would mean that all those people who frequent Calico Jack’s every weekend (and in between) are basically putting their lives at risk each and every time. If your theory that they follow the cruise ship to feed off of refuse this would mean that there would be shark sightings on a regular basis. To date, I can not recall any such sightings especially within our harbor areas. Secondly, please clarify why you believe it to be illegal to swim in our local waters. (I can’t wait to hear this).
      In short, I believe that you are the one guilty of dopiness. I hope that you take some time to reflect on your response and reconsider your facts or at the very least, the source.

      Kind regards,

    • Person who knows a little says:

      It is in fact not a offence to swim in the harbor(outside of the channel), and while i agree the water isn’t the cleanest possible it is perfectly safe to swim in. Also i cant figure out if you are just trolling or being serious about the sharks and mantas. While it is true, they do follow cruise ships in, people have been swimming around dockyard and the harbor for countless years, but can’t even recall the last time we have had a shark attack here.

      At least make sure you know your typing facts before run your fingers.

  2. A. Mom says:

    For some reason this brings to mind the great tsumani scare of 2006 where a well meaning citizen started mass panic by thinking they saw a tidal wave approaching. People mean well but sometimes your eyes can trick you. That tsumani false alarm was scary as hell at the time but we can laugh about it now. I don’t know why I’m even thinking of that!!!

  3. Onion Seed says:

    Reminds of the Sea Serpent sighting scares ages ago which resulted in many swimming close to shore. Fortunately, he, she, it, moved off with the tide.(grin).