A call for CCTV cameras to be installed on all passenger ferries has been made by West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver.
He made the appeal while speaking in the European Parliament in support of the family of 30-year-old Richard Fearnside, from Kent, who disappeared when travelling from holiday on a ferry four years ago.
Mr Carver said: “The lack of CCTV cameras on the ferry passenger decks left his family with many unanswered questions, not knowing whether Richard suffered an accident, took his own life or was even possibly pushed over board.
“His name is added to an increasing list of missing ferry and cruise ship passengers and I am humbled to be able to support his family’s campaign for mandatory CCTV and thermal imaging cameras on all ferries operating from British and EU ports."
Mr Carver is urging people to sign the family’s change.org petition which has so far attracted nearly 100,000 signatures. Click this LINK to sign the petition.
He also called on international institutions to act accordingly on “this important matter”.
“All the bereaved ask for is a degree of closure, surely that is not unreasonable,” added Mr Carver.