Sailor Abandons Boat 194nm Off Bermuda

June 6, 2017

Due to concerns about the “seaworthiness of vessel,” a sailor onboard the Spadefoot has abandoned the boat 194 nautical miles off Bermuda, and has been picked up by another participant in the ‘Bermuda One-Two’ race.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “At 6:40pm Monday 5th June 2017, Rescue Coordination Centre [RCC] Bermuda received a 406 MHz EPIRB [Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon] alert from the ‘Bermuda One-Two’ race competitor S/v Spadefoot, indicating distress in position 194nm NNW of Bermuda.

“RCC Bermuda commenced callouts to vessel via satellite telephone and Single Sideband Radio without success but continued to monitor vessel using an onboard tracking system.

“RCC Bermuda established that the lone sailor was in contact with RCC Boston, highlighting his concerns about the seaworthiness of vessel and intention to abandon into a life raft. Using the yellow brick tracking system, fellow race participant S/V Solarus, was diverted to pick up the survivor a short while later.

“At 10am today, Tuesday 6th June, S/V Solarus has 110nm to run to Bermuda.”

Spadefoot Bermuda June 6 2017

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  1. puzzled says:

    Glad all are well.

  2. Bermy says:

    Glad the crew are ok that’s the main thing, must be heartbreaking. Salvage trip anyone?

  3. Real Deal says:

    Sad that that is in our waters and we got nothing to go out there and tow it back

  4. K.w. Denebeim says:

    Glad to hear that the skipper is okay. An excellent sailor with impeccable seamanship. It must of been a tough decision to leave the boat; ergo it had to be been in bad shape.