Shetland Coastguard and divers tackling Bourbon Dolphin incident

News - April 13, 2007

| More

Shetland Coastguard has confirmed that it is co-ordinating a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation 75 nautical miles north west of Shetland where the AHTS Bourbon Dolphin capsized.

Shetland Coastguard scrambled the rescue helicopter Lima Charlie to the scene and was in communication with the following three vessels which are also assisting in the SAR operation: Olympic Hercules, Viking Victory, and Highland Valour.

An additional civilian rescue helicopter was also despatched to the scene, as was the dive support vessel Subsea Viking.

In a statement, the Coastguard said weather conditions on scene were good visibility with moderate seas.

Neville Davis, Rescue Co-ordination Centre Manager, Shetland Coastguard said shortly after the incident last night that 10 persons had been recovered.

In a later statement, Shetland Coastguard said the rescue operation had been scaled back for the night, and said 10 crewman had been recovered, three were confirmed as deceased and five remain missing.

"Shetland Coastguard have now stood down the rescue helicopters," said the Coastguard, noting that they would resume the search for the remaining five crewman again at first light, however the SAR operation will be changed to a Search and Recovery operation.

A naval diving unit has been flown to the Transocean Rather platform and divers were expected to assist in the continuing search throughout the night.

All non essential personnel were down-manned from the Transocean Rather platform as there was a minimal risk that the capsized vessel could potentially damage the platform. This would seem to suggest that the AHTS was handling an anchor an attached to it via an anchor chain at the time that the capsize took place, although this has not been confirmed.

 

More articles from this category

More news

Categories

Product Guide

News Letter

Fill in your name, company and e-mail address below for our bi-weekly newsletter.

Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Clarksons

Powered by MARIS.

Subscribe to Offshore Shipping News Online RSS

Follow Offshore Shipping News Online on Twitter

Subscribe to email updates

Sponsors

sponsorsponsorsponsor

Events

European Autumn Gas Conference 2014
28-30 October 2014
United kingdom, London.

Arctic Oil & Gas Conference
04-05 November 2014
Norway, Oslo.

Arctic Oil Spill Conference
06-07 November 2014
Norway, Oslo.

Subsea Vessels North America Conference
13-14 November 2014
United states, Houston.

Design and Operation of OSVs for Ice and Cold Climates
24-25 November 2014
United kingdom, London.

More events