CS Dependable Crew Saves Indian Fishermen


November 2016


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Editor’s note: Special thanks to the Dependable’s master, Capt. Yann Durieux, who provided the photos and details of the rescue.


The Brotherhood of the Sea came through again on Sept. 17 when the crew of the SIU-contracted CS Dependable saved the lives of 14 fishermen while travelling between two work sites off the Maharashtra Coast near Mumbai, India. The fishermen were clinging to floating debris – all that was left of their sunken vessel – when the Tyco-owned-and-operated cable ship arrived on the scene.


The crew sprang into action, spread out on every deck to keep watch on the distressed fishermen as the deck department and security team worked to bring the imperiled men aboard. All hands were busy, tossing life rings to survivors in the water or manning radios to communicate the positions of the fishermen. Visibility was low due to rain, but a group effort resulted in the rescue of 14 men, with another man being rescued by the Indian Coast Guard.


The SIU crew included Bosun Jerry Dingal, MDR Jack Ford, ABs Alejandro Cusi, Joel Saul, Ronnie Rodriguez, Mohamed Saleh, Arsenio Brecio and Michael Pockat, GVA Peter Mensah, Chief Steward Robert Haggerty, Chief Cook Joel Ramos, SA Joselito Vincente, OMUs Nasser Ahmed, Kasim Ahmed and Leonardo Cortez, and Wiper Saleh Ahmed.


The licensed crew is represented by the Seafarers-affiliated American Maritime Officers: Captain Yann Durieux, Chief Mate Tristan Schulz, First Officer Erick Amicosa, Third Mates Allison Lashmet, Michael Squillacote and John Locks, Chief Engineer Curtis King, First Engineer Robert Carlstad, Second Engineers Isabelo Fernandez and John Crawford, and Third Engineers Ryan Mulligan, Matthew Pastuszak and Gregory Thomas.


The rescued crew was attended to by the medical team on the cable highway, as mattresses were placed there to allow the fishermen to stay together. The men were given food and dry clothes, before getting some much-needed rest. As the weather continued to prove challenging, the men were transferred to the Indian Coast Guard seven at a time. Despite the rough seas, all 14 men were safely transferred, and the CS Dependable was released by the Coast Guard.


Capt. Durieux, praised the efforts of his crew: “The value of this crew was in its attitude and commitment to this rescue. Some in very visible ways like fishing men out of the water or throwing life rings to men in the water and others in subtle ways, like bringing food to the victims, helping them up the gangway, tending to their needs, etc. I truly am proud to have worked with all persons aboard. They should all be commended for their efforts.”


The Indian Coast Guard also commended the work of the crew of the CS Dependable, in a letter to the captain. “With deep appreciation, I am writing this missive to bring to the notice of all concerned regarding the role played by your esteemed crew, with you at the helm, in saving 14 precious lives at sea,” the letter read. “The proactive and timely response of Dependable, which aided in the rescue operation of the crew of distressed Fishing boat Om Sai Datta, is in accordance with the best traditions of mariners and well appreciated.”


The CS Dependable was built in 2002. It has a length of 459 feet and a cable capacity of 6,025 tons. It can carry a crew of 80 at a speed of 13 knots, and is part of the Tyco Telecommunications cable-laying fleet. Tyco augments its fleet with a large collection of technologically advanced submersible vehicles.



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