Bourbon Rhode Sinking: Seven Remain Missing

In an update published 5 October, Bourbon Offshore has said no more crew members have been found since the fourth body was recovered on 1 October. This means seven of the fourteen crew are still missing and the search will be scaled down. 

The Bourbon Rhode sank on 26 September after it got hit by category 4 hurricane Lorenzo while en route to Georgetown in Guyana. Search operations carried out since September 26 by the Regional Operational Center of Surveillance and Rescue (Cross) West Indies-Guyana and the French Navy have enabled to find three survivors of the Bourbon Rhode shipwreck, as well as the bodies of four seafarers.

Although several vessels have continued to survey the search area on Saturday 5 October, the search operation will now scale down. Cross will regularly disseminate messages to vessels in the shipwreck zone and ask them to carry out adapted watch.

‘Bourbon and all its employees are in mourning today and I would like to reiterate our sincere condolences and our full support to the families and loved ones of the victims. We are working in close cooperation with the various stakeholders to understand the facts and circumstances of this tragedy. Finally, we thank the entire maritime community for its many signs of solidarity, so precious in these difficult times. I would like to reiterate our heartfelt thanks to the Cross teams, the crews of the French Navy and the commercial vessels involved in search operations,’ Bourbon Corporation CEO Gael Bodénès declared.

Picture by Bourbon Group.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.