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King Seaways Man Overboard - False Alarm

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Man overboard on King was a false alarm

February 21, 2020

A major rescue operation was called off as the passenger who reported the man overboard incident withdrew his report. “The crew acted in an extremely professional manner,” Captain Flemming Langballe says

It will most likely have consequences which the passenger on board King Seaways had never imagined when he shortly after midnight on Thursday 21 February claimed he saw a person fall overboard on from King Seaways.

The ship was about 80 kilometres off Grimsby when Captain Flemming Langballe was informed. A lifebuoy with lights was thrown into the sea, and the captain decided to make a so-called Williamson turn, which is a manoeuvre that turns the ship around to follow the same course in the opposite direction towards the location of the incident. The UK rescue authorities were alerted and participated in the search with a helicopter. Nearby ships also participated in the search with their man-over-board boats.

“Later on, however, the man who caused the alarm withdrew his report. We used the PA system to check if other passengers had seen anything and after confirming that they had not, we agreed with MRCC Humber to call off the search,” Flemming Langballe says.

The rescue authorities reported the incident to the UK police and to the Danish police (the ship sailed under Danish flag, and the incident took place in international waters). Due to good wind conditions, the arrival in Ijmuiden was only delayed by 45 minutes.

“I am extremely proud of the way the crew dealt with the incident.  Alba Severinsen, Floor manager, received the alarm and informed the bridge where the officer on duty, Dmytro Degtyarenko, at once initiated the necessary manoeuvres – even before I arrived on the bridge. Patrick Spang Sørensen, Chief Officer, took swift action and gave me the necessary information to carry out the operation, and Robert Bately, Commercial Head, interviewed the person who had reported the incident, and he also quickly communicated it when it proved to be a false alarm.  In fact, all crew members did a fantastic job. They took responsibility and acted fast when it was needed. They clearly demonstrated the benefits of the many on-board emergency drills,”  Flemming Langballe says.

 

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Dangerous precedent, starting a thread about something that didn’t happen!

(You’ll give Ed ideas!)

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4 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Dangerous precedent, starting a thread about something that didn’t happen!

(You’ll give Ed ideas!)

I was just working on one as you posted. Drat! Ed  

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Fair enough, the Man Overboard didn't happen but the search did, hence the thread.

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