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Boaters reminded to monitor VHF Channel 16

The Department of Marine and Ports Services is reminding boaters to monitor VHF channel 16 while out on the water.

It comes after an all stations broadcast by Bermuda Radio asking for assistance for a disabled vessel yesterday went unanswered.

“Bermuda Radio was contacted by PC Millie Won reporting that vessel was disabled in the south channel, with one person on-board and in need of assistance,” the incident report stated.

“Marine police offered to provide a tow to the closest dock, but this offer was declined as owner only wanted to go to Burchall Cove, and was happy to drift in that direction.”

But the statement added that an “all stations broadcast by Bermuda Radio went unanswered despite the presence of numerous boaters in the area”.

“PC Millie Won managed to secure a tow from a passing friend, who towed the vessel safely into Burchall Cove.

“As always, mariners are encouraged to monitor VHF Channel 16 once on the water to allow them and fellow boaters to call for assistance.”

In a separate matter, Bermuda Radio received a call on VHF Ch16 from MY Rena, north of Hawkins Island, reporting a medical emergency on board.

“Bermuda Radio contacted marine police who attended the vessel along with America’s Cup medical staff,” the incident report said.

“The patient was transferred to the MY Musashi’s tender also in attendance and transported to an awaiting ambulance at Barr’s Bay.”