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No fault found, only a need for better resources for future sea searches and rescues, including a second helicopter pilot, more staff for the Marine Unit, and better boats.

Those are just some of the recommendations made in by an independent review of the search and rescue operation carried out to find five missing boaters back in March.

Tabled before the Legislative Assembly Wednesday (1 June) the report states it finds no fault with the actions of the police on the night the five went missing, and the days that followed.

It also said the decision not to send the helicopter up during the night was correct, because of weather conditions and bad lighting.

The leader of the opposition says he doesn’t understand why the air operations unit would only have one pilot.

Hon. McKeeva Bush says, “If you’re going to be a rescue operation, and it’s going to be, everything is as good as we’re supposed to have it in this country, you would expect that we’d have at least two pilots, and

“I know that they could have had two pilots. Why didn’t they have them?”

Gary Mullings, Edsell Haylock, Nicholas Watler and brothers Kamron and Kanyi Brown have not been seen since leaving on a fishing trip on March 5.

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Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Paul has worked for more than 20 years for regional and national newspapers in the UK covering some of the world’s biggest stories.

A multi-award winning journalist, Paul’s dream story is to find a dog that can play the piano. In the meantime he covers general news, produces, and hosts a weekly show about English football.

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