Casualties – Update of BOURBON RHODE – Fourth crew member recovered – 02.10.2019

Bourbon confirmed on Wednesday that the body of a fourth crew member has been recovered following the sinking of the tug BOURBON RHODE last week. Only three of the 14 crew members have been rescued as the search continues for seven mariners still missing.

The body of the fourth mariner was discovered on Tuesday and transferred to the French Navy frigate FS VENTOSE F 733, Bourbon said. The bodies of three other seafarers were recovered at sea last Monday 30th September. Offshore Tug BOURBON RHODE sank in the Atlantic Ocean around 60 nautical miles from the eye of the category 4 hurricane Lorenzo, last Thursday 26th September.

Above images are of Floreal Class Frigate FS GERMINAL F 735 at Valletta, Malta back to June 2008.

Last Saturday 28th September, three surviving crew members in a liferaft were spotted by a French Navy Falcon 50 aircraft and picked up by a nearby commercial vessel.

That significant maritime and air resources continue to scour search zones, Bourbon said in an update today. An extensive search operation over the past seven days has included the CROSS French West Indies-Guyana (Regional Operational Center for Surveillance and Rescue) and the French Navy, with support of the American authorities.

Above image is of a Eurocopter AS565 Panther same as embarked aboard FS VENTOSE F 733.

Top image is from BOURBON.

Watermarked Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos –

Published – Wednesday 2nd October 2019