The sailors rescued after the sinking of the Bourbon Rhode (IMO 9356359) and the four bodies recovered during the SAR operation arrived in Fort-de-France aboard surveillance frigate Le Ventôse during the morning of October 6th. The three survivors were received in Fort-de-France by the civil and military authorities, in the presence of the shipowner’s representatives. The four bodies were handed over to the funeral services. The relatives of the sailors not found have started a petition to continue the search for the missing sailors, who were mainly from Croatia and Ukraine.
Details of the events leading to the sinking have emerged,
On September 26th at 13:00 the ship’s captain Dino Miskic radioed: “Water in the engine room”.
At 21:57: “No one has been harmed, but we no longer have the power of power – everything is down. The crew is patterned and standby, but it is not possible to use the liferaft. Violent waves of 10 metres or more. ”
At 23:46: “The rear part of the engine room is flooded”.
At 00:28: “The water is rising”.
This was the last message from him. Captain Dino Miskic was not among the rescued crew.
2006-built, Luxembourg-flagged, 1,375 gt Bourbon Rhode is owned by Bourbon Supply Invetissements of Marseille, France. It is managed by Bourbon Offshore Greenmar SA of Nyon, Switzerland. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Bourbon Marine & Logistics.