Un-named Motorised Lifeboat of Hvide Sande Capsized on 9. December 1951 with the Loss of 5 Crew.
(from the Maritime Accident Report of 1951)
Hearings held at Esbjerg on 12.12.1951 and at Ringkøbing on 19.12.1951 established the following:
At 1630 hours the lookout at Hvide Sande Lifeboat Station observed that a ship off Haurvig was launching red emergency rockets. A severe WNW-ly gale was blowing at the time.
At 1810 hours another emergency rocket was launched from the ship, and at 1820 hours the open motorised lifeboat from Hvide Sande was launched, heading for the ship which turned out to be the Dutch suction hopper dredger KINHEM of Aerdenhout, which was anchored approximately 6 n.m. off shore.
Upon request from the ship’s Master, the lifeboat called for tug assistance to the KINHEM, and when none of the ship’s crew wished to abandon the vessel, the lifeboat turned back towards shore.
As the lifeboat was closing in on the coast, the lifeboat’s dragline was launched. However, at approximately 2020 hours when the boat had reached the outer sand bank, she was hit by a freak wave, causing her dragline to snap and the lifeboat capsized.
The whole 8-man crew was thrown into the sea, but 3 of them managed to get onto the upturned lifeboat and make it back to shore. The rest of the crew perished.
Ministerial Note 1: Those lost were -
Engineer Thyge Andersen Thygesen of Sdr. Lyngvig.
Radio Operator Aage Iversen of Hvide Sande North.
Assistant Engineer Marius Jensen of Hvide Sande South.
Boatman Carl Johannes Frandsen of Nørre Lyngvig.
Boatman Iver Enevoldsen of Hvide Sande North.
Ministerial Note 2: The Ministry must assume that the cause of the accident was the parting of the dragline.
The inscription on reads from top:
“This plaque is erected by the Dutch Government in reverent memory of – the lifeboatmens’ names – who on 09.12.1951 gave their lives in an attempt to rescue the crew of the Dutch suction hopper dredger KINHEM”
Top line on the stone:
“He takes his God into his heart and risks his life”
Bottom line in white:
“Locals and friends from afar erected this memorial stone in gratitude”
Copyright Uffe Drewsen of Hvide Sande.