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Old 14 December 2002, 08:12   #1
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New navigation hazzard in the English Channel

Opps!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2575009.stm

https://mcanet.mcga.gov.uk/public/ne...h=12&year=2002

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Old 14 December 2002, 10:06   #2
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Yes I've heard in the news Keith

However what I do not understand is that:

1.- Didn't these people have their radars on??
2.- Did both ships kept in their lanes? or did they crossed over?? and
3.- if they did, didn't the monitoring Cannel Coastguard station warn them about thir collision course?

Would be very curious to find out

But for us divers their is a slightly damaged car for sale and awaiting at the bottom of the Channel.
Keith just give the word and will get one out for you too LOLOL




PS something I forgot WAS ANY BODY ON THE BRIDGE @ THE TIME?? or EVERYTHING it was on autopilot and the crew was waching the TV?? It has happened before you know!!
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Old 14 December 2002, 11:25   #3
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If these two big ships could not see each other, makes the use of a radar reflector on a RIB or other tiny boat (in comparison) look a bit daft. I guess even with a radar reflector you wouldn't even look as big as one of their containers in their cargo!

I just hope those guys had all their safety gear!!, I bet they didn't expect that when they left home.

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Not very deep either by all accounts, were's me diving kit, could do with a new Opel or BMW. Anyone got a rib ?

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Old 14 December 2002, 19:23   #5
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From the shots on the news the boat is in fact still awash at low tide! Seeing as this is only about 1/2 hr by sea from me i might think about taking a look. I think the rescue operating will be quite interesting (guess they will re-float it???) just a pity it's not a little warmer or i could bob around with a beer and watch!

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One can just imagine the panic that is going on in BMW, Volvo & Saab showrooms all over the country as the salesmen explain to their customers that the nice model they ordered for their wife for Xmas is lying at the bottom of the English Channel.
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Salvage

Kind of suprised to see that nobody jumped in their rib motored out and secured a line to her, claim salvage and subcontracted a company to lift her and refloat,But whatever the outcome ,it is incredible that such large vessels can collide gavin
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Is that not just a myth?

Anyone know the in's and out's of salvage?

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...after a friend of mine told me that fisherman off the coast of Anglesey waited around to offer "assistance" to weekend sports-boaters who ran out of petrol and then claim salvage, I did a bit of research (Google I think). I found that you have to present a salvage claim to the Receiver of Wrecks who asesses salvage claims. This isn't just a 100% award - it's based on how much "effort" the salver has to go to, and other stuff. Have a look at the MCA web site as a starter:
http://www.mcga.gov.uk/row/
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Anyone know the in's and out's of salvage?
See article in October RIB International magazine...

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