April 9, 2020 (Google Translation) – On April 7, 2020, in the middle of the night and while deployed on a maritime surveillance mission in the Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon archipelago, patrol boat Fulmar was alerted to the grounding of the fishing vessel Cap Jean , north of the port of Miquelon.
The Fulmar and its 11 crew members immediately went to the rescue of the vessel in difficulty. Its commander then transferred to the ship to take charge of the local coordination of area operations, to which were added the lifeboat SNS 160 Jaro II from SNSM station Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and the tug Radar IV .
The first assessments aboard Cap Jean and then under the hull by the Fulmar divers did not detect any immediate danger. A small waterway is quickly exhausted by the means at hand. A grounding operation is then prepared in agreement with the owner of the fishing vessel. The Radar IV tug helps to stabilize and then unscrew the Cap Jean , and keeps it in tow for the time of propulsion tests, which prove to be conclusive. The fishing vessel can then leave on its own and release at the port of Miquelon.
For Lieutenant Edouard Georges, commanding patrol boat Fulmar and local coordinator of night rescue operations: “ more fear than harm in the end. The great reactivity of the actors present in the area and their good will probably made it possible to avoid a disaster. The entire crew is proud to have been able to assist these professional fishermen, proving once again that solidarity between seafarers is not an empty word. ”
In the early morning, at the end of this operation, the patroller Fulmar resumed his patrol to ensure compliance at sea with the confinement rules in the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, as part of the fight against the epidemic of Covid-19 and under the authority of the prefect of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, delegate of the government for the action of the State at sea in this zone.