20 rescued after boat runs aground
Cup Match ended abruptly for 20 people, when their party boat struck a rock off Spanish Point on Sunday night. All passengers were evacuated safely after the 34ft vessel Bally Ho ran aground on a reef by Peter Tuckers Bay.
A member of staff at the nearby Spanish Point Boat Club said: There is a passage there thats quite shallow. Youve got to know what youre doing.
Maritime Operations got a distress call at 9.25pm, near high tide. Marine police came to assist, along with private boats in the area. A barge was sent to dislodge it in the afternoon.
According to Maritime Operations: The incident highlights a number of safety related issues as the vessel did not have enough life jackets for all persons onboard. In addition, a VHF radio was not readily available for use which helps establish a boats exact location.
Bermuda radio would like to remind all boat users of the importance of having the correct safety and radio equipment onboard.