UK. British & French rescue services call off sea search for missing Pride of Kent ferry passengers Print E-mail
Monday, 13 November 2006
Coastguard news:

At twenty minutes to three this morning, Dover Coastguard was alerted by the Captain of the P & O cross channel ferry 'Pride of Kent' that he had two passengers missing. The two passengers were from a coach party on the ferry who did not report to disembark.

The vessel's crew immediately searched the ship. They did not find anyone, so they searched again for a second time. The Captain then contacted Dover Coastguard reporting two passengers missing. Dover Coastguard then contacted the French authorities at Cape Gris Nez.

The British and French authorities were then involved in a search for these two passengers in a very large search area. Search and Rescue units involved in this search were the Coastguard Tug 'Anglian Monarch' coastguard spotter plane 'Echo November' Dover RNLI lifeboat, Calais and Boulogne lifeboats, two French helicopters and a French Navy Frigate.

The weather on scene was Westerly Force 6, good visibility with a moderate sea and it was dry.

Fred Caygill, for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "In a joint decision between the British and French Maritime Authorities, the sea search for the missing women from the P & O Cross Channel ferry 'Pride of Kent' has now been called off."

Ongoing investigations on both sides of the Channel by the police are continuing.
Last Updated ( Monday, 13 November 2006 )
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