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Old 31 October 2005, 21:33   #1
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They should have used a crompton

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4394392.stm#

"A Royal Navy warship has seized two tonnes of cocaine worth 200m during a drugs bust in the western Caribbean.
HMS Cumberland intercepted a speedboat in international waters around 100 miles off the coast of Nicaragua during a routine counter-drugs patrol.
The Devonport-based frigate led the pursuit of the speedboat crew who had initially tried to escape.
The gang gave themselves up after specialist snipers on a Lynx helicopter fired shots to stop their engines."

Just watched the video - not much of a speedboat - small outboards and way overladen!!!
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Old 01 November 2005, 03:23   #2
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4 x 250hp o/b on an open aluminium boat.. ok so it was carrying 2 tonnes but would have thought that that was enough to get moving pretty quick!
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Old 01 November 2005, 03:29   #3
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What impressed me was the report that the snipers shot out the engines (a fast moving target) from a moving platform (helicopter). Now how believable is that? I'm more inclined to believe that the smugglers gave up for fear of being hit by the marksmen aiming at the engines..... Good catch though...
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Old 01 November 2005, 04:07   #4
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....report that the snipers shot out the engines (a fast moving target) from a moving platform (helicopter). Now how believable is that?
No holes in the OBs either

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....I'm more inclined to believe that the smugglers gave up for fear of being hit by the marksmen ........
Maybe they were more worried about the fuel being hit what size are those blue barrels 250L, 300L and there must be 20 of them

1000 hp at 2 tons is plenty of power and 860hp more than my boat Des
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Old 01 November 2005, 04:54   #5
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1000 hp at 2 tons is plenty of power and 860hp more than my boat Des
But enough to catch them up, after they had packed it in. That was a newer version of your tub that the RN used to board them, wasn't it?
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I think the bullet holes in the engine covers shown on TV last night may be testimony to the marksmanship. It is not impossible if the helicopter is moving in a steady direction. The engined present a reasonable target. Warning shots were probably enough though, no point in trying to outrun a helo with type 22 following.
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Old 01 November 2005, 05:05   #7
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...... That was a newer version of your tub that the RN used to board them, wasn't it?
Certainly was makes me proud Des
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No holes in the OBs either


Maybe they were more worried about the fuel being hit what size are those blue barrels 250L, 300L and there must be 20 of them

1000 hp at 2 tons is plenty of power and 860hp more than my boat Des
i think you lot must have seen a different video to me!!! All I have seen was the online streaming crap quality one. Outboards didn't look that big to me - in fact they looked like they had pull start handles - didn't think they fitted them to 250hp engines!!!

Was it better quality or different video on TV?
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Good quality on TV. 4 x 250hp yams on the back. A couple with holes in....

Would be interested to see how the boat handled unladen. Fast I would think. Must have been well over 30'.
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bullet holes

pretty impressive....
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