Bourbon Rhode death toll rises as search efforts continue


The body of another crew member from the Bourbon Rhode supply vessel that sunk on September 26 while en route to Guyana, has been recovered.

The company said on Wednesday that the body of the fourth seafarer was discovered Tuesday and transferred on the French Navy’s “Ventôse” frigate.

On Monday, one person was confirmed to have died, while two more bodies were recovered on Tuesday.

“On behalf of Bourbon, I would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased seafarer. We are at their side to accompany them through this terrible ordeal. Despite significant search resources for the rescue of the crew, the fate of the missing is an ever-increasing source of anxiety for the families. We remain fully mobilized to pursue relief operations and reiterate our warm thanks to all the teams that have volunteered and are helping us in our search,” declared BOURBON Crisis Cell Director Cyrille Le Bris.

Over the past 7 days, an exceptionally extensive search operation has been implemented by the CROSS French West Indies-Guyana (Regional Operational Centre for Surveillance and Rescue) and the French Navy, under the authority of the Prefect representing the State’s maritime authority, with the support of the American authorities.

The vessel was in transit 1200 nautical miles off Martinique island and 60 nautical miles south-south east from the eye of Hurricane Lorenzo when it sunk.

Bourbon said significant maritime and air resources continued be deployed on Wednesday over search areas.