62m superyacht Baton Rouge

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Crew member died investigating failed damper on 62m Baton Rouge

1 March 2024 • Written by Katia Damborsky

Further details surrounding the death of the chief engineer on board 62.5-metre Baton Rouge have been released by Burgess, the yacht's management firm. The deceased, identified by friends as 47-year-old British national Roy Temme, died in hospital on 24 February following a power outage on the vessel the night before, which led to the failure of an air damper. 

On 24 February at 7.30 am local time, "the chief engineer entered the technical space to fix the damper. Shortly thereafter he was found unresponsive. Medics were called and performed CPR".

The engineer was pronounced dead at 10.19 am local time after being transferred to hospital.

Burgess said that the "next of kin has been notified and we are working with the authorities to ascertain further details". It went on: "Burgess is providing guidance and counsel to the crew onboard Baton Rouge and we ask at this time that you respect their privacy. Our deepest thoughts go out to family, friends and colleagues."

A friend of the deceased has set up a crowdfunding page for Temme's family. Liam Dobbin, a recruiter in the superyacht sector, said: "He is a man with a heart of gold and is sorely missed by many family, friends and crew who have met and worked with him. He leaves a wife and two children."

An investigation is pending. 

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