Saving lives at sea

Preparing to transfer the three fishermen to Pacific Valour using the platform crane.
Preparing to transfer the three fishermen to Pacific Valour using the platform crane.
In February, Swire Pacific Offshore's Pacific Wrangler rescued three fisherman lost at sea while supporting Japan Drilling's semisubmersible rig, Hakuryu 5, off Natuna, Indonesia. The three men were spotted clinging to floating debris by one of the SPO crewmembers while carrying out his routine patrol. Other crewmembers assisted him to help the three men scramble aboard Pacific Wrangler and alerted the ship's and rig personnel.

The men were from Belibak Island, a small island east of Matak, and put to sea to fish on 27th January. Towards the end of the week, the weather deteriorated and their wooden fishing boat later broke into pieces in three-metre swells.

Since Pacific Wrangler was required to remain offshore as the designated storage vessel for the rig, the three men were transferred to SPO's Pacific Valour and taken to Matak. The platform crane was used to carry out the vessel-to-vessel transfer and as it was the first time that these fishermen had been lifted using the basket, a thorough check and safety briefing was carried out beforehand.
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