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Old 24 January 2014, 18:09   #51
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They probably already have great boat handling Skilled if the were SUPPOSED to ALLEGEDLY have drove at High speed through 25 boats that were encircling the pod.
Just my opinion of coarse.

No Allegedly about it, thats what they admitted to within the report.

Quote from doc on the web site :-

"A police spokesman said they had seen video footage, photographs and witness statements that suggested a "high number of vessels encircled the pod" and remained within 59ft (18m) of them while other vessels "drove through the pod at speed".
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Old 24 January 2014, 18:39   #52
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No Allegedly about it, thats what they admitted to within the report.

Quote from doc on the web site :-

"A police spokesman said they had seen video footage, photographs and witness statements that suggested a "high number of vessels encircled the pod" and remained within 59ft (18m) of them while other vessels "drove through the pod at speed".

As I read it they did NOT ADMIT to Driving through 25 boats that were encircling the pod at speed.
The BBC report suggests they admitted disturbing the pod, Nothing more.
" The two skippers admitted reckless disturbance of the dolphins under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981."
Have you seen the video footage photographic evidence or witness statements that suggest what they did, I have not.
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Old 24 January 2014, 19:04   #53
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Very interesting read all this.
I had no idea it had even happened in the first place!!
I assume it must have happened whilst I was away at some point last year.
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This sort of thing gets me angry
IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NOT AN EXCUSE
as a commercial operator of a sea safari business I would have been heavily fined if I behaved like these guys
It's is only common sense not to scare animals of any type
Driving a boat at them or around them will only scare them
During the past season I've had to have stern words with only a couple of boats who accepted they were in the wrong and apologised / took on board what was said
The only people I had problems with we're a couple of boat loads of marines who we're acting like nutters near some porpoise this year, flagged them down and got a load off verbal from them, fortunately I knew of the co, they were peeling tatties for the rest of the month!!
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Its not.

But people speed on roads all the time and 100 fixed penalty a 3 points is the worst that happens unless you were really taking the p1$$. While clearly not every driver knows the law on road speed, the vast majority actually think the limit on a dual carriage way is 60mph not 70mph... few think its 60 in town...

So either you say that driving a car over the speed limit requires a tougher penalty or you accept that people will get it wrong sometimes and with some education will not get it quite so wrong again.
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