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    missing pilot Martin Bromage , body found

    vince gledhill phoned me this morning with the following tragic news
    on behalf of vince i now post the following information provided by

    http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co....l/article.html

    which is the major news group involved in his flight.(vince will no doubt re-do or re-post this thread when he gets home tonight)

    Missing pilot update: body found
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 07:214 readers have commented on this story.
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    Rescuers searching for missing pilot Martin Bromage have discovered a body 20 miles off the coast of France.
    Police were informed by the French coastguard shortly before 11pm last night of a body found in the sea which has now been taken to Boulogne.
    The 49-year-old's family has been informed and are expected to release a statement later today.
    It is believed staff at Gloucestershire airport alerted RAF Kinloss, which deals with aircraft emergencies in the UK, of his disappearance.
    They used two patrol vessels to search the area and confirmed a body had been recovered and was being transported back to the French mainland.
    ​Rescue crews were searching for the Churcham dad-of-two Martin Bromage after his microlight was reported missing over the English Channel yesterday.
    He had set off from Gloucestershire Airport on his solo charity flight to Sydney at 10am.
    Mr Bromage was due to arrive at the French coastal town of Le Touquet by about 3pm.
    But the last time Staverton airport received a reading from Martin’s satellite tracker was at about 1pm – three-quarters of the way across the Channel.
    Last night they were still unable to contact Mr Bromage, who was aiming to raise £150,000 for soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes.
    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency UK confirmed the French Military Air Authority was searching for a microlight.
    Staff from specialist firm Lynceus, based at Staverton Airport, have been tracking Mr Bromage’s progress.
    Last night a spokesman said: “The tracker, which is fitted to the microlight, lost power. We are worried for his welfare.”
    He said they had informed the Coastguard at Dover and that an air search had been mounted from Cherbourg in France.
    The spokesman added he hoped loss of contact was a technical problem, but added: “We are really worried. We thought he was very brave to do it. It is quite a journey.”
    Mr Bromage was carrying food and water, a tent, an iPod, a life raft and a life jacket, as well as his satellite tracking device.
    The tree surgeon, who is father to sons Benjamin, 25, and George, nine, was hoping to complete the 11,000 mile trip within eight weeks, stopping in 18 countries on the way.
    He has spent many years racing motorcycles, scuba diving, white-water kayaking, mountaineering and rock climbing.
    On his website it says he has circumnavigated the British Isles four times by microlight.
    Last year he flew unsupported from Gloucester to Lagos in the Algarve.
    Last edited by andy dixon; 19-01-10 at 10:31 AM.
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    A few facts in that newspaper report are incorrect. Martin had set off about 1045z and had coasted out from near Romney at 1226z.
    His last Satellite tracking position was about 21nm away from Le Touquet at position N50*41.27 E001*11.59
    Martin was expected at Le Touquet at about 1300z but according to Le Touquet ATC/Lille Info had elected to divert to Abbeville.
    As yet the body hasn't been formally identified, however we do believe it to be Martin.


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    this morning me and vince looked at the forum and there was nothing posted so i just posted the news paper article,and left it at that without speculation or comment,
    as it was you posted just 1 minuite later, no doubt vince will lift and remove my posting tonight,but we both felt we should at least put something on the group and i thought his local news paper article stood the best chance of getting the story right............andy
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    No need to lift any posts Andy. It's tragic. See my other message here, we should support Martin's charity
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    I can't tell you how sad this is, what a tragedy for such a brave man. My condolences to family and friends.
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