Originally Posted by codprawn
Could it be that they didn't realise there was a problem and that is why they didn't use the VHF?
Anyone know any more???
At ten minutes past six, Dover Coastguard received a telephone call from a concerned lady.
The lady reported that her husband was one of a party of five adults and four children travelling on two 8.5 metre RIBs from Boulogne to Dover. Her husband had called her on the telephone and had said that they had lost the other RIB, although they had set out together from Boulogne.
Dover Coastguard called out the Langdon Coastguard rescue team, requested the launch of the Dover RNLI lifeboat and scrambled the Coastguard spotter plane based at Manston. The Coastguard Tug Anglian Monarch and Dover Harbour board police were also tasked to assist in the search.
The weather forecast was North Easterly Force 5-7, gusting Gale Force 8.
Dover Coastguard made a pan pan (Urgency) broadcast to all shipping in the Dover Strait and received a response from a motor tanker who reported that they had seen a RIB fitting the description on their port side.
The Coastguard aircraft was able to fly to this last known position and from the air was able to spot the two RIBs and direct the lifeboat to them