Originally Posted by Top banana
It could of been far worse than had turned out.I allso think that the coast guard should of recieved a passage plan of the trip, esspecially with the ammount of kids involved.
the CG expressed a similar view - but I don't see what value filing a passage plan with the CG would have actually brought?
there were presumably people on shore at plas menai who knew where the boats were going, who was on board and when they would be back. Equally they weren't on their own they had 3 boats so, as they demonstrated, were capable of dealing with most emergencies reasonably well without external help. As far as I can tell from the press release and news reports they seem to have dealt with things fairly well once the preverbial hit the fan.
should they have been there? no doubt the MAIB will say no - but actually they were on some sort of adventure holiday - so I would expect they were doing all sort of things with a degree of risk/excitement involved. there seems to be some emphasis on the fact that these were "children". They were presumably reasonably fit and healthy teenagers so possibly more suited to this sort of activity and circumstance than many older people who pay good money for adventure rib rides.
the CG frequently complain that they don't get passage plans from people but we know from our discussions here they don't do anything with them anyway and I am not convinced in busy areas, at busy times that the CG could cope with everyone filing plans for every trip.
Be interesting to find out the full story
as ever we are guessing the exact circumstances! however if it anything like the investigation into the army cadet capsize in scotland last year it will take two investigations to even establish the facts!