This tradgedy just goes on and on. The officer of the watch on the Pride of Bilbao was found not guilty I am pleased to say. Pleased as there was no evidence to say it was actually their ship that caused the ACCIDENT.
It seems the MCA haven't escaped blame either.
The Coastguard response to the tragedy was "seriously inadequate"
# Only beginning a helicopter search for other possible survivors after six hours.
# Failing to broadcast to other shipping in the area to join in a search effort for other possible survivors.
# At midnight they failed again to search for survivors after the girlfriend of Mr Meaby contacted MRCC Solent to express concern that he and his two friends had not arrived at their destination.
# Ignoring police advice that the discovery of the body suggested a yacht could have been sunk.
# Failing to instruct the fishing vessel that found Mr Meaby's body to pull him out of the water to see if there was any chance of resuscitation.
The men had lifejackets on - useless with no means to communicate. You MUST have something attached to you at ALL TIMES - wether it be flares - a VHF or that thing that most people have in their pockets - a mobile phone. Yes I AM going to mention freezer bags again - 5p to possibly save a life. It may not have worked in this case - 7 miles out - but it might have!!!