It was a dark night four and one-half years ago when 30 year-old Richard Fearnside disappeared from P&O Ferries’ Pride of Kent ferry as it was sailing from Calais back to Dover. His girlfriend said that he was going to the top deck to smoke a cigarette. Richard never returned. P&O didn’t sound an alarm
Another Man Overboard Marks Three Year Anniversary of Disappearance of Richard Fearnside
A reader of Cruise Law News brought to my attention that a crew member disappeared at sea from a ferry operated by Irish Ferries from Rosslare, Ireland to Pembroke, Wales yesterday. A number of newspapers have reported that a a large air and sea search was just suspended after the crew member apparently went overboard into…
No Answers, No CCTV & No Justice: P&O Ferries Leaves Fearnside Family in the Dark
It was a dark night when 30 year-old Richard Fearnside disappeared from P&O Ferries’ Pride of Kent ferry as it was sailing from Calais back to Dover. His girlfriend said that he was going to the top deck to smoke a cigarette. Richard never returned. P&O didn’t sound an alarm until the ferry returned to port.…
Disappearance of Richard Fearnside, Missing P&O Ferries Passenger, Featured on U.K. Television
ITV television broadcast this video to a nationwide audience in the U.K. yesterday about the plight of the Fearnside family who lost their son, Richard (photo left), at sea from a ferry, the Pride of Kent.
The ferry is operated by P&O Ferries. The ferry line does not have any automatic man overboard systems…
P&O Ferries’ Competitors Weigh in on Man-Overboard CCTV Camera Debate in U.K.
We have asked P&O Ferries’ primary competitors to answer whether they have CCTV cameras on the passenger decks on their ships. We’d like to see whether P&O Ferries is the only U.K. based ferry line not using CCTV cameras to monitor and record the activities on their passenger decks.
France’s MyFerryLink answered today stating only…
An Open Letter to P&O Ferries CEO Helen Deeble: Do the Right Thing
Dear Ms. Deeble.
Cruise and ferry executives have difficult jobs, I suspect. You have to effectively deal with labor disputes, increasing fuel costs, and price wars with your competitors in an increasing difficult economy. What a headache.
In addition to managing the financial pluses and minuses of your businesses, cruise executives like you also have…
P&O Ferries No-CCTV Camera Controversy: Expect a Long Fight
Following intense public pressure brought by Richard Fearnside’s mother Marianne, P&O Ferries has posted comments on its Facebook page stating that it will be discussing the use of CCTV cameras with the "wider shipping community" and will be raising this issue with the "UK and European Maritime safety authorities."
Don’t believe it. This is…
Three Men Charged With Assault on P&O Ferries Spirit of France
As a maritime lawyer in Miami Florida, I have mostly followed and reported on the schenanigans of the Miami-based cruise lines.
But after learning of the plight of the Fearnside family who lost their son, Richard, on a P&O ferry based in the U.K, I have broadened my horizons.
What on earth is going…
P&O Ferries Plagued By Overboard Passengers & No Safety Systems
P&O Ferries crisis management spokesperson Chris Laming recently responded to the disappearance of passenger Richard Fearnside.
He stated that P&O Ferries refuses to consider installing CCTV cameras on the Pride of Kent ferry.
He told a newspaper in Kent, U.K.:
"It is so rare. It is just not practical to consider doing this."…
P&O Ferries Refuses to Install CCTV or Man Overboard Systems after Passenger Disappears
The parents of a 30 year-old passenger who disappeared from a ferry sailing between Calais and Dover are petitioning for legislation requiring ships to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
Richard Fearnside, son of Marianne and Bob Fearnside, of Whitstable, Kent (U.K.), disappeared from the Pride of Kent ferry last May. He was last seen…