British CormorantThree crewmen on the tanker British Cormorant, 114,809dwt, were injured after a line broke during a boat drill off the Isle of Wight.

At around 1145 on Sept 13, a drill involving the ship’s rescue boat was being carried out when one of the lines snapped, injuring the three men on the ship and causing the rescue boat to capsize throwing the six crewmen on board into the water.

The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lee on Solent was scrambled and recovered the six men from the water and landed them at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. The helicopter then carried a crew member from the ship to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth with suspected spinal injuries.

The helicopter later returned to the ship and evacuated a further crewman to hospital. The Bembridge RNLI lifeboat was launched to recover the rescue boat.

The British Cormorant, of BP Shipping Ltd., was at the Nab anchorage waiting to berth to discharge her cargo at Fawley. Lucy Tanner, watch manager, Solent Coastguard, said: “The six crewmen in the water were all wearing lifejackets which ensured that they all remained afloat and visible to the helicopter crew.”

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - November 2010 Issue
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