Posted on September 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Luxemburg-flagged Tug, BOURBON RHODE sank after being caught in the middle of the category 4 hurricane, Lorenzo
The incident occurred during the evening hours of September the 26th, while the vessel was transiting some 1200 nautical miles off Martinique Island, Caribbean.
The vessel had been sailing some 60 nautical miles off the eye of the Hurricane Lorenzo when it issued a distress call, reporting increasing amounts of water ingress in the rear part of the vessel.
Having received the distress call, the Regional Operational Centre of Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) of West Indies-Guyana launched a rescue operation in order to locate and recover the crew members of the Bourbon Rhode.
On Saturday the 28th, the Search & Rescue team managed to successfully locate a life raft carrying 3 crew members from the capsized vessel.
Unfortunately, however, there’s still 11 seafarers unaccounted for as of writing.
Since then, the French Navy has deployed a Falcon 50 from Dakar and has requested the assistance of the surveillance frigate, Ventose in order to locate the remaining seafarers.
Furthermore, six commercial vessels are also reported to be participating in the search efforts.
“All necessary means are implemented by the Cross AG [Regional Operational Center of Surveillance and Rescue West Indies-Guyana] and the French Navy, under the authority of the Prefect representing the State’s maritime authority, namely numerous flyovers carried out by the Falcon 50 over the search zone. Numerous commercial vessels have had their course changed in order to bring assistance, as well as a plane of the US National Hurricane Center,” reads the statement by the vessel owner, Bourbon.
The tug had been en route from Las Palmas, Canary Islands, to Georgetown, Guyana when it capsized.