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Bourbon Rhode sinks in the Atlantic Ocean; only 3 rescued – 11 missing

PortandTerminal.com, September 28, 2019

UPDATE: Two of the three rescued from the Bourbon Rhode are Ukrainians according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

Bourbon Offshore has reported that three crew members from the offshore tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode have been rescued from a liferaft in the Atlantic Ocean. The Bourbon Rhode vessel disappeared near Martinique island in the Atlantic Ocean on September 26th. The company confirms that the vessel has sunk.

The Ukraine Foreign Ministry confirms that two of the three that have been saved are Ukrainian nationals.

A French Navy aircraft spotted the raft with the 3 survivors giving hope that there are other survivors. The search continues for the missing crew.

A search for eleven missing crew members continues.

Weather in the search zone has improved since the vessel was initially reported in distress on Thursday. The vessel ran into trouble when it got caught in Hurricane Lorenzo.

Photo courtesy Bourbon Offshore
Photo courtesy Bourbon Offshore

“In the context of search operations of tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode started on September 26, the mobilized rescue teams have recovered a lifeboat with 3 crew members on board, the lifeboat having been identified by a Falcon 50 especially equipped for this type of mission and sent by the French Navy,” Bourbon Offshore said in an update on Saturday. The 3 crew members are currently taken in charge by the medical support team onboard the commercial vessel, which provided assistance, and are currently placed under medical observation.”

“It has been confirmed that the vessel has sunk. The search continues to be carried out in weather conditions that are improving. All necessary means are implemented by the Cross AG 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 U.S. National Hurricane Center.

“The crisis cell put into place by BOURBON works in very close collaboration with the Cross AG and the French Navy. BOURBON’s teams are mobilized to keep the families of the crew members informed and bring them full support in this difficult time.”

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