Three crew members found dead in Bourbon Rhode sinking
Rescue teams have recovered the bodies of three missing crew members, who died following the sinking of tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode. Eight of the 14 seafarers are still missing.
The bodies of the missing seafarers were located by the aircrafts involved in the search and have been recovered by the vessels that came to assist. The families were immediately notified.
“All our thoughts and prayers go to his family and loved ones. This tragedy affects all Bourbon employees who express their full support to the seafarers’ families. We remain fully mobilized on search operations to find the other missing seafarers and I would like to express our gratitude to the rescuers, all the teams of the CROSS (Regional Operational Centre for Surveillance and Rescue) and the teams of the crisis cells who are working tirelessly to this end,” says Bourbon CEO Gaël Bodénès.
The Bourbon Rhode sank after it got hit by category 4 hurricane Lorenzo while en route to Georgetown in Guyana. Three crew members were able to escape the sinking ship in a lifeboat and have been rescued. Rescue aircrafts this weekend spotted a second lifeboat which had capsized.
Rescue operations are continuing to find the other crew members, with maritime and air search resources deployed by the French and American authorities.