Vessel Diverts To Island Due To Rudder Damage

May 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

A sailing vessel — traveling from the Dominican Republic to the Azores with four people onboard — diverted to Bermuda due to rudder damage.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “Friday 7th May, 3:30 pm – RCC Bermuda received information from concerned parties ashore regarding a 40 ft, French, sailing vessel ‘Reve D Oceans 4’ on passage from the Dominican Republic to the Azores, with 4 people onboard. It was reported that the yacht had rudder damage and was diverting to Bermuda.

“RCC Bermuda were able to contact the vessel by satellite telephone and confirm they were making slow progress to Bermuda from a position 240 miles South of the Island. On the afternoon of Saturday 8th May the rudder was reported to be completely lost and the vessel was unable to make any headway towards Bermuda.

“A local marine contractor was prepared to provide a long-distance offshore tow as the weather conditions were suitable. The United States Coast Guard were advised of the situation as their assistance would be required if the crew decided to abandon the vessel.

“The yacht was in regular communication with RCC Bermuda and on Sunday 9th May the crew had managed to jury rig a rudder and were 180 Miles South of Bermuda they, were unable to sail with the jury rigged steering and required more fuel to reach Bermuda.

“Additional fuel was provided by yacht in the area late on Monday afternoon and Reve D Oceans was towed in through town cut on the morning of Wednesday 12th May by a local marine contractor.”

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