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Maritime ops records series of incidents as island hit by stormy weather

North Shore was impacted with strong wind and waves during yesterday’s stormy weather (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Rough weather caused trouble for several boats, according to a series of incident reports from the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre.

Shortly after 10am on Monday the BMOC received a call from a member of the public to report that a 13ft Boston Whaler had broken loose from a dock in Jews Bay, Southampton.

The owner of the vessel was contacted and was able to secure the boat.

Hours later, shortly after 3pm, the same member of the public called to report a 20ft boat had dragged its mooring and was banging against a dock.

“The reporting source was able to see the Marine and Ports registration number; however, attempts by BMOC to contact the vessel owner were unsuccessful as there was no telephone contact information on file,” the incident report said.

“An e-mail address was found and used to eventually contact the owner of the vessel who replied to BMOC confirming that they would attend to the boat immediately.

“The owner later calls back confirming that the vessel was secure.”

About an hour later, another member of the public called to report a fishing boat adrift in Pilchard Bay, on the southern side of Ely’s Harbour.

The owner of the boat was contacted and later told BMOC that he had temporarily secured his boat to some nearby mangroves.

A small craft warning was in effect yesterday as a low-pressure system passed over the island, bringing strong northeasterly winds with a peak gust of 40mph (65km/h).

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Published April 13, 2023 at 7:56 am (Updated April 13, 2023 at 12:35 pm)

Maritime ops records series of incidents as island hit by stormy weather

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