BMOC Responds To ‘Deep State’ Distress Call

February 7, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre [BMOC] responded to an emergency signal from the 35-foot vessel Deep State, resulting in the boat being towed by the fishing craft Attitude Adjustment.

A BMOC spokesperson said, “RCC Bermuda received a broken Pan Pan urgency broadcast from the 35-foot Centre Console, Deep State.

“The boat was to the east of Argus Bank with three people onboard. Fortunately, the VHF radio was still readable despite the distance from the island and the vessel was able to pass their GPS position. RCC Bermuda broadcast a Pan Pan relay on VHF CH 16 / 27 / 08 / 06. No response was received and Coast Guard vessel Rescue 1 – which was out on patrol – was tasked, although there was concern for ability to tow the larger vessel.

“Pan Pan broadcasts continued as there were numerous vessels in the vicinity of the banks visible on radar but not responding to the radio broadcasts. RCC Bermuda requested Deep State fire two distress flares to attract fishing vessels known to be in the area. Further communication with the disabled vessel found that a USA registered Personal Locator Beacon [PLB] was onboard.

“Around 30 minutes into the incident, the fishing vessel Attitude Adjustment, which was fishing commercially with one person onboard in a position 12 miles northeast of the distressed vessel, agreed to tow Deep State back to her mooring despite his plans to remain fishing on the banks overnight.

“The Coast Guard were stood down and Attitude Adjustment kindly towed the disabled vessel back, arriving at her mooring around 10.00pm.”

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