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Old 14-04-2016, 07:10   #1
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pirate 2 Found in Dinghy mid English Channel..

Had to chuckle when I read this..
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...nnel-in-dinghy
Two men (Iranian?) were found floating mid channel in an inflatable dinghy.. it is believed they were heading for the UK.
Dockhead, Pete7 and all you others on the South coast.. keep your eye's peeled for boat people.. you are the new Greece...
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Old 14-04-2016, 13:00   #2
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Reading articles of recent, this is actually happening in greater numbers. Some are very successful. And some not
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Re: 2 Found in Dinghy mid English Channel..

Must have been a fin , bolt on keel, with in mast furling. Full keel would have made it. :>)
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Reading articles of recent, this is actually happening in greater numbers. Some are very successful. And some not
Well.. they likely had a bit of sea training on the way to France.. and a dinghy split two ways is way cheaper than the tickets.. I believe some services even advertise on FB.. can't check though as I've given up the site.. getting sucked back into the insanity.
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Are they from Calais? Phil
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Re: 2 Found in Dinghy mid English Channel..

Good to know they are fine! What a shame people are forced to such extreme attempts.

If they rowed a zodiac, they are indeed good rowers. For me anything more than half a mile and I am looking for reasons not to go ashore.

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Re: 2 Found in Dinghy mid English Channel..

They were rescued after using their cell phone to make a call to emergency services, and then used the cell phone flashlight to attract attention. But, had no idea as to their location. Even without fancy marine nav. apps my phone tells me where I am
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Must have been a fin , bolt on keel, with in mast furling. Full keel would have made it. :>)

If they had a RF main they would be in Florida.


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Re: 2 Found in Dinghy mid English Channel..

--- and I thought this was going to be about French guys trying to make it to Britain for the food & wine.
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Re: 2 Found in Dinghy mid English Channel..

The invasion starts small.....

Curious to ask our friends on the southern shores of the U.K. if the news lines up with reality.

Not to hijack the thread but seems interesting.
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How on Earth did they manage to not be run down? Pure dumb luck I guess.
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Re: 2 Found in Dinghy mid English Channel..

Apparently the desperate are paying the gangs £10,000 for a chance in an inflatable across the channel.
You could buy yourself a nice rib or a small yacht for that money and take yourself. Just head north!
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most likely dropped off closer to shore, within cell phone range, by a bigger boat.
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How on Earth did they manage to not be run down? Pure dumb luck I guess.
'pure good luck' they weren't run down and killed, I hope you mean
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Re: 2 Found in Dinghy mid English Channel..

When asked by the rescuing Captain what they were doing, the Iranians said "invading England". The Captain laughed and said "just the two of you?". They replied, "No, there are 50,000 of us, we're the last two".
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