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Injured sailor brought to Island

A Bermuda pilot boat (File photograph)

A sailor on a British tanker was brought to Bermuda this morning after he suffered facial injuries.

The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre said it received a satellite phone call from the tanker British Sponsor about the injured sailor shortly before 9pm last night.

Crew on the liquefied natural gas ship said the tanker was about 150 miles south of the island and it was determined the sailor needed medical treatment.

The British Sponsor was met by the pilot boat St George at 7.20am this morning, and the sailor was transferred and brought to shore.

The sailor was then taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The incident happened several days after another LNG tanker, Torban Spirit, came to the rescue of a sailor who ran into trouble after he departed Bermuda.

RCC Bermuda received an alert shortly before noon last Wednesday from a beacon 250 miles southeast of Bermuda from the Bermuda-registered Mujan.

The 31ft sloop left Bermuda on December 11 bound for St Kitts with one person on board.

A US Coast Guard aircraft was sent from Elizabeth City, New Jersey to search for the sailboat and the Torban Spirit was diverted to assist.

The report said contact was made with the skipper, who said he was unable to start the engine or sail in the prevailing light winds and decided to abandon the yacht and board the tanker via his tender.

The report added: “Once safely onboard the Torban Spirit, the ship’s captain kindly arranged to divert from the planned passage to Milford Haven in the UK and take the stricken sailor back home to Bermuda.”

The sailor was transferred to the St George at about 7am the next day and taken back to land, however the yacht was left adrift.

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Published December 21, 2020 at 2:34 pm (Updated December 21, 2020 at 3:08 pm)

Injured sailor brought to Island

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