Three crewmembers of the container ship Simba (IMO 9719862) jumped over the side in the entrance channel at the port of Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday June 15th according to US Customs and Border Protection.
The Simba had departed Jaxport’s Blount Island container terminal early local time and headed outbound on the St. Johns River. As it passed near Naval Station Mayport three crewmembers leapt over the side and made for the north side of the channel. They were spotted by bystanders, who contacted the police and reported the incident. All three made it to shore on Fort George Island, The Border Patrol told local reporters. One was apprehended and brought to the hospital for treatment. Two others remained at large; teams from the local sheriff’s office and CBP were conducting a search.
The Simba safely completed its transit of the channel and went to anchor off the port. It has since returned to a berth at Blount Island.
2015-built, Liberia-flagged, 70,704 gt Simba is owned by Sea Lead Shipping MI Ltd care of manager Sea Lead Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is Draco Buren Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Greece) on behalf of Sea Lead Shipping (Marshall Islands) Ltd.