A 63-year-old Pembroke man was “rescued and brought safely to shore” after he placed a 911 emergency call in marine distress.

Police say the report came in around 8:30pm last night (Thursday, July 25) from “a lone boater in marine distress”.

A spokesman said: “The male boater, said to be a 63 year old Pembroke resident, apparently struck a reef in waters surrounding Castle Island in St George’s, sustaining facial injuries.

He was rescued and brought safely to shore through teamwork involving the Maritime Operations Centre, which issued a public broadcast for mariners to assist.

“A police officer and a member of the public responded in separate vessels, providing initial first aid. It is also understood that a pilot boat crew headed to the scene in their vessel.

In addition, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service and ambulance personnel provided medical care on arrival at the nearest dock, before the 63 year old man was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for further treatment.

“At last check this morning (July 26th) he was listed in stable condition on a general ward.”

Witnesses or members of the public with relevant information are encouraged to call the main police telephone number 295-0011.