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Captain and mate from drifting bulker detained by Dutch police

After being rescued from their drifting vessel, the captain and the chief mate of the Julietta D are being detained by Dutch authorities.

Monday morning, the Julietta D reportedly lost its anchor chain, and the vessel drifted out of control off the coast of the Netherlands. The vessel encountered waves running from 16-20 feet, and wind gusts reached up to 75 mph.

The bulk carrier initially hit the anchored chemical tanker Pechora Star. It then went on to collide with a foundation at Hollande Kust Zud wind farm.

Dutch and Belgian rescue services rescued eighteen crew members from the Julietta D, including the captain and chief mate.

Dutch authorities are now detaining the captain and the chief mate, saying that they should have remained aboard the vessel for as long as possible, and left it only if they were in imminent danger.

They are being investigated by the police for prematurely abandoning their vessel, as the drifting carrier could have run aground.



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