TMS Webinar Series COVID-19: A Leadership Perspective - ‘Sustaining Maritime Infrastructure Development'Coaltrans Virtual World Coal Leaders Network 2020TBA GroupCleveland Cascades LtdViganTMS Awards 2020
  • Vigan
  • TMS Awards 2020
  • China Coaltrans 2020
  • Port of Stockton
  • TMS Webinar Series COVID-19: A Leadership Perspective - ‘Sustaining Maritime Infrastructure Development'
  • Coaltrans Virtual World Coal Leaders Network 2020

CSL Welland crew saves life in rescue operation

(Posted on 03/09/18)

On August 25, 2018, the crew of CSL Welland was involved in a rescue operation that saved a man’s life.

“We commend Captain Wilson Walters and his crew for this act of heroism that is a true testament to the professionalism, teamwork and courage of the crew,” said Louis Martel, CSL President and CEO. “Thanks to regular training and drills, CSL Welland seafarers instinctively performed their Man Overboard duties and did exactly what they were trained to do. The emergency operation explicitly demonstrated that training and drills do save lives.”

While transiting through Lake Ontario off the coast of Olcott, New York, crew members on watch in theCSL Welland wheelhouse noticed objects floating in the water. Captain Walters was immediately notified and communicated the information to the Coast Guard.

As the crew members kept watch, it became apparent that the objects were in fact two people. The captain immediately activated the general alarm, alerted the Coast Guard and proceeded with an emergency manoeuvre of the ship to seek and rescue the people. The entire crew immediately deployed Man Overboard protocols and procedures and took on the roles and responsibilities for which they were trained.

Meanwhile, a small fishing boat was sighted in the area and was summoned by the captain to assist with the rescue of one of the individuals. The fishing boat was able to rescue a conscious man, who was transferred onto CSL Welland.  The crew provided the necessary first aid to prevent shock and keep the survivor warm, dry and hydrated.

The CSL Welland crew located the second person in the water and the ship’s rescue boat was launched. The crew recovered the visibly unconscious man into the rescue boat and commenced administering CPR to revive him. Because of the restricted space in the rescue boat, the man was transferred into the assisting fishing vessel and CPR was continuously performed until the arrival of the US and Canadian Coast Guards. Once on the scene, Coast Guard officials boarded the fishing vessel and attended to the unconscious man who was pronounced dead shortly after.

The deceased man was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter and taken ashore. The survivor was transferred from CSL Welland to the fishing vessel and proceeded ashore along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Following the departure of the Coast Guard, the Captain held a meeting with his crew and commended them on their heroic efforts. He also reminded them that their active participation in regular drills was the reason they were able to respond with such speed and precision that helped save a life.

Latest News

Sailors’ Society: worst crisis for seafarers in 200 years

(Posted on 14/09/20)

The Sailors’ Society says coronavirus is the worst crisis seafarers have faced in its 200-year... Read more


SRI calls for investigation into perfect storm

(Posted on 13/09/20)

The recent spate of grim casualties cannot simply be written off as bad luck, says Seafarers’... Read more


Allow crew changes to resolve crisis insists IMO

(Posted on 13/09/20)

It is estimated that more than 300,000 seafarers and marine personnel are currently stranded at sea... Read more


EPS/BHP dual fuel charter

(Posted on 07/09/20)

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has been awarded the world’s first LNG Dual Fuel Newcastlemax bulk... Read more


BAI SEA and ERSHIP create BESHIP brokers

(Posted on 07/09/20)

The merger of BAI SEA and ERSHIP is a result of both companies seeking to strengthen their position... Read more


Seaspan and Sailors’ Society partnership

(Posted on 07/09/20)

International maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society recently marked the fifth year of its... Read more


ClassNK takes part in “CC-Ocean” project

(Posted on 07/09/20)

Leading Classification Society ClassNK, in cooperation with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K&rdquo... Read more


NI launches new bulk carrier guidance

(Posted on 28/08/20)

Bulk carriers are the workhorses of international maritime trade. Those responsible for operating them... Read more


Patrick Hawkins dies at 59

(Posted on 28/08/20)

It is with great sadness that Hill Dickinson has announced the untimely passing of the managing partner... Read more


North strengthens FD&D leadership in Greece

(Posted on 28/08/20)

North P&I has strengthened its FD&D leadership team in Greece with the appointment of Antigone... Read more


Port of StocktonChina Coaltrans 2020Port of Vancouver USATelestackCimbriaBühler GmbH
  • TOC Events
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • TBA Group

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping