Petition to fit CCTV systems onto ferries signed by 96,000 people
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A petition calling for the installation of CCTV systems onto ferries that was started by the parents of a man who disappeared from a P&O ship has already been signed by 96,000 people, a news report in the mainstream media was able to reveal.
Richard Fearnside, 30, of Whitstable, Kent disappeared on the P&O Pride of Kent ferry on 21 May, after going on deck for a cigarette.
His parents, Marianne and Bob Fearnside said a CCTV camera on-deck may have shown whether he fell or jumped into the sea. The couple have set up an online petition calling for cameras on passenger decks, which has already been signed by close to 100,000 people.
Mr Fearnside said: “Not only would CCTV help identify when people go missing and how, but it could also be a tool for the crew to alert crew members to get people off a deck if there was a storm suddenly coming up.”
In a statement, P&O said it does have some external and internal cameras but it would be “impossible to cover all of the outside decks with CCTV” and “impossible to monitor such cameras in real time”.
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