On the 22nd July 2013 UK Diving Services Ltd were contacted to assist with locating a missing pilot presumed lost at sea when his Cirrus aircraft crashed into the English Channel less than 24 hrs earlier. Rescue efforts were called off by the Coastguard and RNLI after wreckage was found off the Dungeness coast.
UK Diving Services Ltd liaised with the RNLI who provided us with the times and co-ordinates of the area where the floating wreckage was last found. Because the exact impact zone was unknown and the depths of water were beyond practical air diving limits it was necessary to locate the aircraft using sonar and ROV's. The search pattern information we obtained was passed to the sonar and ROV team who used the information to help locate the aircraft.
The underwater rescue team found the wreckage.
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