The wife of a father-of-four who died after diving headfirst off a structure at Roatan island during an onshore break from a cruise is suing the Royal Caribbean cruise line now. Edmund Rucker, 52, died on March 15, 2023, when the 'Allure of the Seas' was docked at Roatan. The 52-year old man had jumped into the water from a high dock and struck his head, leaving him unconscious ultimately leading to his death. The structure may have been previously used to support a zip line which was abandoned years ago. It is unknown why the dangerous structure was still available for use by tourists. Several people indicated that other accidents, including multiple deaths in the same area, had happened and that there should be warnings to prevent similar accidents in the future. Rucker’s wife, Laura Rucker, is now suing Royal Caribbean, alleging the cruise line acted recklessly by encouraging passengers to take part in excursions in Roatan at a time when there were work stoppages and strikes in the health and public safety sectors in Honduras. Royal Caribbean allegedly knew that there were strikes in Honduras in the healthcare sector and chose to dock at Roatan anyway because of the revenue generated at this port of call. This resulted in a delay in emergency medical care available to Mr. Rucker.
In the early morning of March 4, at the end of the night, the emergency medical aid service relayed to the CROSS Gris-Nez the call of a migrant boat in difficulty off the coast of Gravelines. The 'Minck' was tasked to assist and rescued the 63 people on board the boat. They were taken care of by the crew of the 'Minck' before being disembarked at the port of Calais.
The crew of the reefer 'Frio Ionian' (IMO: 9189873), along with the US Coast Guard rescued two mariners on March 4, 2024, approximately 1,726 miles east of Bermuda. Watchstanders with the Fifth Coast Guard District command center received an EPIRB alert from the 'Lhor One', en route from Gouadeloupe to France, at approximately 6 p.m. They alerted ships in the area to be on the lookout for the sailors and conducted a query of vessels from AMVER. They also directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina HC-130 Hercules airplane crew to assist. The airplane crew arrived on scene at 4:45 a.m. and established communications with the mariners, who reported they were taking on water after a lightning strike had cause a hole in their yacht. The aircrew also directed the 'Frio Ionian', an AMVER participating ship, en route from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Cristobal, towards the sailing vessel’s position. The 'Frio Ionian' arrived on scene at 10 a.m., and after the yacht was alongside, the crew, a 20-year-old and 24-year-old male from the 'Lhor One', safely boarded the vessel with no reported injuries. Report with photos: https://www.news.uscg.mil/Press-Releases/Article/3694512/coast-guard-good-samaritan-vessel-rescue-2-mariners-more-than-1700-miles-east-o/
On March 5, 2024, short after midnight the 'Marella Explorer', en rute from Puerto del Rosario to Arrecife, requested the medical evacuation of a passenger eight nautical miles south of Arrecife, requests medical evacuation of passenger. The CCS of Salvamento MArítimo in Las Palmas mobilized the SAR boat 'Salvamar Al Nair' which embarked the patient along with a companion and dropped them off at the Lanzarote Marina where an ambulance was waiting. Photo: https://twitter.com/salvamentogob/status/1764916776553283632
Houthi militants have attacked the 'MSC Sky II', which was traversing the Gulf of Aden en route from Singapore to Abu Dhabi, with two missiles 91 nautical miles southeast of Aden on March 4, 2024, at 12.50 p.m. GMT. The ship’s master reported two explosions. The first exploded a distance from the vessel’s port quarter, while a second struck and damaged the ship. The crew was fighting fire and smoke on board. No casualties have been reported. The vessel’s last AIS signal was sent at 1.15 p.m.
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The Yemeni Houthis announced on March 3 that they will only release the 25 crew members of the 'Galaxy Leader' if the Palestinian organisation Hamas agrees. “Given that the crew was operating on a ship related to Israel, their governments may make a request to the brothers in the Hamas organisation, and if they accept, we have no objections,” posted Nasr Al-Din Amer, a Houthi media official, adding that the Houthis have detained the commercial ship, which is linked to Israel, in support of Palestine and, therefore, the Palestinians are the ones entitled to decide. The ship has appeared in a number of videos on social media platforms after the Houthi authorities turned it into a tourist attraction in Yemen’s Hudaydah Governorate. The videos showed hundreds of citizens arriving daily on small boats to board the ship to take pictures and videos on board. The Houthi fighters have raised the Yemeni flag alongside the Palestinian flag on the ship, with photos of Palestinian children killed as a result of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip. The company that owns Galaxy Leader released a statement that “all communications with the ship have been lost”, adding that as a shipping company, it will not comment further on the political or geopolitical situation.
After a helicopter crash in the night of Feb 28, 2024, off the coast of Norway, the 'Normand Ocean' was tasked to recover the wreckage off the island of Sotra. The helicopter was on a training exercise for state-backed oil firm Equinor and involved low-altitude training flights. One person, Reidun Hestetun (61), an Equinor nurse, was fatally injured in the accident, while five others were taken to hospital. The five men on board all reportedly worked for Bristow and were transported to Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen with various levels of injury. One man was in a critical condition, one man sustained a serious injury and three others sustained minor injures. The Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority (NSIA) reported that the S-92 helicopter, with registration LN-IOJ, was discovered at the bottom of the sea by an ROV on March 1 at around 8:15 p.m. 220 meters deep. The recovery took place through the night, and the helicopter has since been taken to the Haakonsvern naval base. The priority was to recover the black box of the flight recorder to obtain more details of what happened. Other pieces of floating debris have been recovered by the Norwegian coastguard and placed at the disposal of the NSIA. Reports with photos: https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/north-sea/549249/wreckage-recovered-norway-helicopter/ https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/north-sea/548988/helicopter-norway-ditches-equinor-bristow/ .
A crew member of the 'Carmel 1' in urgent need of medical care was safely evacuated from the vessel 100 nautical miles off Guam on March 2, 2024, by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25). The 26-year-old Filipino was suffering from severe abdominal pains, when the ship was located 400 nautical miles northwest of Guam. The U.S. Coast Guard's Joint Rescue Sub-Center in Guam was alerted in the afternoon of March 1, while the ship was en route to Vietnam. HSC-25 mobilized to assist following a recommendation for a medevac from the U.S. Coast Guard's duty flight surgeon in Alameda, California, and concurrence from HSC-25's flight surgeon in Guam. An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crew from HSC-25 reached the 'Carmel 1' in the morning of March 2. The patient was then airlifted from the ship amid winds of 17 miles and 10-foot seas, and delivered to emergency medical responders from the Guam Fire Rescue at the Naval Hospital Guam. They transported him to the Guam Memorial Hospital in stable condition. Report with photos: https://www.news.uscg.mil/Press-Releases/Article/3693183/us-coast-guard-navy-helicopter-squadron-execute-critical-medical-evacuation-of/
The crew of the 'Frio Ionian' along with the US Coast Guard rescued two mariners on March 4, 2024, approximately 1,726 miles east of Bermuda. Watchstanders with the Fifth Coast Guard District command center received an EPIRB alert from the 19-foot sailing vessel 'Lhor One' (MMSI: 228193640), en route from Gouadeloupe to France, at approximately 6 p.m. They alerted ships in the area to be on the lookout for the sailors and conducted a query of vessels from AMVER. They also directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina HC-130 Hercules airplane crew to assist. The airplane crew arrived on scene at 4:45 a.m. and established communications with the mariners, who reported they were taking on water after a lightning strike had cause a hole in their yacht. The aircrew also directed the 'Frio Ionian', an AMVER participating ship, en route from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Cristobal, towards the sailing vessel’s position. The 'Frio Ionian' arrived on scene at 10 a.m., and after the yacht was alongside, the crew, a 20-year-old and 24-year-old male from the 'Lhor One', safely boarded the vessel with no reported injuries. Report with photos: https://www.news.uscg.mil/Press-Releases/Article/3694512/coast-guard-good-samaritan-vessel-rescue-2-mariners-more-than-1700-miles-east-o/
On March 3, 2024, a crew member of the 'Santa Cruz's was lost overboard from the 'Santa Cruz' off the Eastern Cape coast after the ship had sailed from Durban on March 1, en route to Cape Town, about 22 nautical miles east of Cape Recife, near Port Elizabeth. Despite exhaustive efforts, the search for the man, who has not been located, was aborted without success. The response was coordinated by the MRCC in Cape Town, which at 6.42 p.m. LT issued a call for assistance to nearby vessels. The fishing vessel 'Portunity' was the closest and first to respond, with additional resources from the NSRI in Port Elizabeth and other vessels joining the search efforts through the night. SAMSA added that despite the participation of up to six other vessels and extensive search operations conducted by the NSRI, the seafarer was not found. It was reported that at the time of his disappearance, he was not wearing a life jacket. The MV Santa Cruz is continuing its journey to Cape Town, where SAMSA will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.
The crew of the 'Humanity 1' said they were threatened by the crew of a Libyan Coastguard vessel as they sought to rescue 77 migrants from small boats. At least one person drowned and tens were forced back to Libya on March 2. The crew aboard the Libyan Coastguard vessel not only tried to hamper the rescue efforts of the 'Humanity 1', but also fired a shot into the sea, resulting in some migrants jumping into the water and at least one death. The captain of the 'Humanity 1' reported the events to the Italian authorities in charge of assigning a port for the disembarkation of the rescued migrants. Initially, the Italian authorities asked the vessel to sail to the port of Bari. While en route to the port, a storm hit the Mediterranean, and the authorities allowed the ship to divert to the much nearer port of Crotone, where it would arrive on March 4. Report with photos: https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/55591/libyan-coast-guard-accused-of-threatening-crew-of-rescue-ship-in-mediterranean
On March 1, 2024, a critical medical emergency unfolded on the 'GNV Cristal' necessitating a swift and coordinated rescue operation off the coast of Pyrénées-Orientales. A 75-year-old passenger exhibiting severe heart condition symptoms was airlifted to safety. The situation escalated when the ferry, en route from the port of Sète to Tangier, signaled for immediate assistance from the CROSS Med off the Pyrénées-Orientales, The decision to evacuate was promptly made following a doctor's recommendation. The rescue operation saw the deployment of the civil security helicopter, Dragon 66. The crew managed to stabilize and transport the patient to the Perpignan hospital,
On March 2, 2024, the 'Duilio' has shot down a drone of the Houthis, which was flying in the direction of the ship, about six kilometers away, implementing the principle of self-defense in reference to the Aspides mission. The drone had similar characteristics to those already used in previous attacks. The Navy thus defended the right to free navigation in the Red Sea from Houthi attacks.
The BRP 'Singangan', which had been deployed along with the BRP 'Cabra' to support the Rotation and Reprovisioning Operation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, was in collison with the 'China Coast Guard 21555' on March 5, 2024, in the South China Sea. Throughout the operation, the Philippine vessels faced dangerous maneuvers and blocking from Chinese Coast Guard vessels and Chinese Maritime Militia. The 'Sindangan' suffered minor structural damage when being hit at the starboard side foreship. Report with videos: https://angers.maville.com/actu/actudet_-un-navire-des-garde-cotes-philippins-endommage-apres-une-collision-avec-un-bateau-chinois-_54135-6186506_actu.Htm
The 'Vigilant (WMEC 617)' returned home to Cape Canaveral on March 3, 2024, following a 60-day patrol in the Central and Eastern Caribbean. Deploying in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South, the 'Vigilant' worked alongside other Coast Guard cutters, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security units, and international partners to conduct maritime safety and security missions. Vigilant deterred illegal drug smuggling and directly contributed to U.S. Coast Guard and national objectives to combat transnational criminal organizations. During the patrol, the 'Vigilant' responded to a distress signal from a French-flagged sailing vessel with two French crew members, who were stranded at sea for over eight days with no means of propulsion and no remaining drinking water. The 'Vigilant' was first on scene and provided them with water, shelter, and medical aid until their safe return home was coordinated. Additionally, the 'Vigilant' assisted the USS 'Leyte Gulf (CG 55) 'in stopping a drug trafficking venture, detaining six suspected drug traffickers, and interdicting 1,200 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $15.7 million. In addition, the 'Vigilant' conducted a professional exchange with officials in St. Lucia as well as St. Kitts and Nevis. Vigilant worked to promote regional stability, security and strengthen partnerships. Members of the crew also conducted a community relations project in Basseterre, St. Kitts, where they joined members of the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force to paint two classrooms at a local school. Report with photo: https://www.news.uscg.mil/Press-Releases/Article/3693449/us-coast-guard-rescues-2-assists-in-interdicting-1200-pounds-of-cocaine-during/
The 'Forward (WMEC 911)' returned to its homeport in Portsmouth on Feb 3, 2024, following a 75-day patrol of the Windward Passage. During the patrol, the ship intercepted five unlawful migrant voyages and rescued 33 migrants from one vessel taking on water. The 'Forward' provided essential life-saving equipment, to include personal flotation devices and dewatering equipment, to the migrants aboard. Patrolling in support of Homeland Security Task Force - Southeast and Operation Vigilant Sentry (OVS), within the Coast Guard Seventh District’s area of responsibility, Forward’s crew deterred illegal migration. By conducting routine patrols of the Windward Passage, the 'Forward' was able to maintain safety of life at sea and protect U.S. maritime borders. Additionally, the 'Forward' conducted interactions with valued partners and the local community during a port call to the Dominican Republic. Forward hosted Dominican Republic navy leadership aboard the cutter and discussed ongoing relationships within the region. The crew also participated in a community relations project held at a local orphanage in Maimon, Dominican Republic. They donated toys and home items as well completed renovation and restoration projects, building stronger relationships between partners. Report with photo: https://www.news.uscg.mil/Press-Releases/Article/3694393/us-coast-guard-cutter-forward-returns-home-to-virginia-after-lifesaving-deploym/
Yemen’s internationally recognised government warned of an environmental catastrophe from the cargo of fertilizer on board the 'Rubymar' on March 3. It was the first vessel lost since the Houthis began targeting commercial shipping in November 2023, forcing shipping firms to divert vessels on to the longer, more expensive route around southern Africa. The ship was carrying more than 21,000 tons of fertilizer when it came under attack. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, foreign minister in Yemen’s Aden-based government, which is backed by Saudi Arabia, said that the sinking was an environmental catastrophe that Yemen and the region have never experienced before. The release of some 41,000 tons of fertilizer into the waters of the Red Sea poses a serious threat to marine life, according to Ali Al-Sawalmih, director of the Marine Science Station at the University of Jordan.The overload of nutrients can stimulate excessive growth of algae, using up so much oxygen that regular marine life cannot survive, calling for an urgent plan to be adopted by countries of the Red Sea to establish monitoring agenda of the polluted areas in the Red Sea as well as adopt a cleanup strategy. The overall impact depends on how ocean currents deplete the fertilizer and how it is released from the vessel. The ecosystem of the southern Red Sea features pristine coral reefs, coastal mangroves and diverse marine life. British security specialist Ambrey confirmed on March 1 that it had received reports of another incident on the ship, during which it appeared several Yemenis were reportedly injured. Satellite imagery taken by Maxar Technologies has been reported to show new blast damage on the 'Rubymar' on Feb 29, not long before it became obvious the vessek was beginning to sink, while drifting not very far off the Yemen coast.
The Russian Border Guards detained the 'Tavrichesky-M 0126' in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation in the Barents Sea. Aviolation of fishing rules was detected on the vessel by ships and aircraft. During the control and verification activities, the crew of the 'Tavrichesky' did not obey the demands of the Border Guards. The fishing vessel, escorted by a patrol ship, has been directed to the port of Murmansk and placed under unloading control. An inspection was started, and based on the result a procedural decision will be made.
An air ambulance has landed near the Isle of Wight ferry terminal following a medical emergency on the 'Red Osprey' on March 4, 2024. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex helicopter has landed near Red Funnel's car ferry terminal and Venture Quays. Police have also been called. The passengers remained onboard the 'Red Osprey' at East Cowes. There were delays of up to two hours due to the medical emergency.