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Old 15-09-2010, 09:07   #1
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Schooner Hits Reef - Malta

timesofmalta.com - Schooner hits reef - 46 passengers rescued
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Old 15-09-2010, 10:08   #2
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AFM patrol boats this evening rescued 46 people off the Captain Morgan schooner Fernandes, which hit a reef off Bahar ic-Caghaq.
The incident happened at about 8.45 p.m. close to the Splash and Fun park.
36 passengers were transferred to the AFM rescue launch Melita 1 and taken to the AFM Maritime Base at Hay Wharf while 10 were taken to shore on dinghies. An Austal-class patrol boat was also on the scene.
The crew of the 26-metre schooner remained on board and appeared to have saved the vessel, which was later beached closer to the shore near the caravan site. Pumps were taken on board to control rising water.
A police spokesman said all on board were safe and no one was injured although two were taken to hospital for checks.
Units from the Civil Protection Department gave assistance on shore.
The Fernandes is popular for evening cruises as well as cruises to Comino during the day
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Old 15-09-2010, 10:09   #3
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http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles...-the-fernandes
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Old 15-09-2010, 10:24   #4
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Nice work. Crew got the passengers off, and beached the ship somewhere to save her.
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Old 15-09-2010, 10:32   #5
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Captain Morgan Cruises said that the incident involving the schooner Fernandes was "a result of a miscalculation by the vessel's experienced captain".
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Old 15-09-2010, 11:37   #6
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I think this is the real cause of the problem
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Old 16-09-2010, 03:08   #7
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About pilots the saying goes:
"There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old bold pilots"
If that holds true for skippers as well, the only surprising part about this story is, why this does not happen way more often.
Anyone who has cautiously entered La Valetta harbor especially for the first time will know what I am speaking of in terms of the "Captain Morgan Skippers"........
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timesofmalta.com - 'Fernandes' refloated

See this
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Old 16-09-2010, 12:37   #9
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Captain Morgan Cruises said that the incident involving the schooner Fernandes was "a result of a miscalculation by the vessel's experienced captain".
...once again disabusing the notion that reefs jump out in front of innocent navigators without warning.
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