Search operation for missing Bourbon Rhode crew will continue

The search operation for the missing crew members from the Bourbon Rhode (IMO 9356359), including captain Dino Miškić of Croatia, would be continued by the Dutch offshore tug Alp Striker (IMO 9737230), the Bourbon shipping company said on October 7th. In addition, all commercial vessels sailing through the area where the tug sank on September 26th have been alerted.

The French CROSS emergency centre on the French island of Martinique said on October 4th that it had suspended the search for the seven men still missing, 10 days after the tug sank in the Atlantic Ocean , with 14 crew on board, about 2,000km from the nearest mainland, Martinique.

The crew were mostly Ukrainians but included one Russian, one South African and one Filipino as well as Captain Miškić, whose family appealed to the Croatian government to help continue the search.

The Martinique prefecture announced on October 7th that a possible distress rocket was spotted in the night hours near the search area by the Alp Striker. Two observers on the bridge saw a white and then red pyrotechnic signal for about 20 seconds that they interpreted as a possible distress flare. The zone of origin of this signal is consistent with one of the hypotheses of drifting of castaways. CROSS Antilles-Guyana immediately asked three merchant ships to divert to the area which they expected to reach on October 8th, at which time a US Coast Guard Hercules C-130 aircraft will also make a surveillance flight.

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.