"A French fisherman onboard a boat that was hit by the Condor Vitesse this morning has died" (no pics of the French boat - but from description sounds like around 10 metre / 30 foot commercial fishing boat. in that location probably a Potter).
was en route
when it struck a vessel at around 7.45am, 45 minutes into the journey" (it's about a 40 mile crossing - usual journey time around 1 hour 15 mins).
"It was in French waters, east of the Minquiers" (just over half way into the Journey....bang on schedule - at service speed of 38 knots).
"Channel 103 spoke to passenger Marilyn Tomes onboard the Vitesse shortly after the accident
happened. She described a 'sudden jolt'. Then she saw a plank of wood passing by the window". (given the height of the windows that plank didn't float past. and "sudden jolt" on something that size wouldn't be 5 knots)
"Describing the conditions at sea, Marilyn said the water
was calm but it was 'very foggy'. " (From the passenger videos on TV, fooking foggy would be more apt. I'd have been worried about hitting something on a sailboat).
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speed of 38 knots - given the location of the incident, seems pretty clear that they were relying on radar
and in an area known to be used by commercial
fishermen as well as other vessels (not a formal shipping
lane - just the route
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From my own experiance of these vessels (onboard) and from sea level - they do seem to expect others to clear a path. Which given there size and speed (and inability to stop) folks do.......but to my mind 38 knots in thick fog is just homicidal
IMO really just an incident waiting to happen. All very sad for those concerned, but a bit of a conundrum for other boat users..........