Petition to Keep Searching for Bourbon Rhode’s Missing Crew Members

Four days after the last body was found, search operations for the seven still missing crew members of the Bourbon Rhode were significantly downsized. Convinced that there is still hope, friends and relatives of the Croatian captain have started a petition to keep searching.

So far the petition has raised over 42,000 signatures. The people behind the petition also say they are prepared to organise a crowdfunding campaign or anything needed to either continue the search or organise a private search. On the petition page they also state the Bourbon Rhode was in poor condition.

Although not in response to the petition, Bourbon states on its website: ‘Bourbon reminds that an exceptionally extensive search operation, with maritime and air resources, has been implemented since September 26 by the CROSS Antilles-Guyane, responsible for managing and coordinating search and rescue operations on behalf of the French maritime authorities. To date, the search operations decided by the CROSS continues: the Alp Striker vessel – a ninety-metre AHTS capable of operating over very long distances – is still surveying the area to find the missing seafarers and all merchant vessels operating in this area are mobilised to set up an appropriate watch.’

Survivors Reunited with Families

On the 6 October, the three survivors of Bourbon Rhode’s crew arrived in Fort de France on board the French Navy frigate Ventôse. They were welcomed by civil and military authorities, and by Bourbon representatives. The three seafarers, in good health, have been taken care of by the health structures and have already been reunited with their families.

The bodies of the seafarers who died during the sinking, were taken care of by the funeral services and will be repatriated to their families.

Hit by Hurricane

The Bourbon Rhode was en route to Georgetown in Guyana when it got hit by hurricane Lorenzo and sank on 26 September. Bourbon CEO Gael Bodénès says the company is working with the various stakeholders to understand the facts and circumstances of the tragedy.

Picture by Bourbon Offshore.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

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

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