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Bullet holed boat found off Muck set to be another unfinished news story

Bullet hole

While I have to be fair, and note that some stories seen in the news will never have a conclusion, it’s still unfortunate that many of them are never seen again or followed up.

One such story provides an example which I doubt will ever be heard of again, even if an answer is found, as the folk who though the original story will have forgotten all about by the time it is solved.

Last month, there was a story which was almost headline-grabbing, as it announced the discovery of a bullet-riddled boat somewhere off the island of Muck – the discovery was actually made back on July 3.

The RNLI said that the crew of the Tobermory has found the upturned 14-foot dinghy, and that it appeared to have bullet holes in it, and that an attached sticker indicated it was  a US Coastguard-certified boat.

In a statement, the MCA said: “It appears that the dinghy has a US Coastguard sticker on it and the level of marine growth suggests that it has been in the water for some time.

Via Owner sought for Muck’s ‘US boat with bullet holes’

I’m not complaining.

Rather, I’m seeking to make the point that it would nice if reporters were obliged to follow up all such stories, and find out if they were resolved in a reasonable time, or were closed out, and would never be heard of.

I read a lot of news articles, and over time, find it disappointing that I never learn of the outcome of most of them, even if they are vaguely intriguing, as in this case.

I could, and do, follow some of them up, but even with the capabilities of the various web search tools now available, all I usually come up with is confirmation that the most recent story on the subject is the original one, and nothing appears later, as a follow-up or answer.


July 7, 2013 - Posted by | Maritime | , , ,


  1. the trouble with a majority of reporters is that they only report! If they did their jobs properly ,researched ,followed up and reported the whole stories, then there would not be so many disgruntled persons ,who are the focus of the stories. I for one , when writing anything which goes to print, make sure the whole story has been researched , hopefully with no holes in it. If I feel there is a gaping hole I either edit the story to make way for a follow up or I pull it. Not a hard principle to stick to I feel, Although,I feel, some hacks are driven more by the sensationalist story which will give them a healthy bank balance.


    Comment by mike hassett | September 9, 2013

  2. Like it – almost even more cynical than me 🙂

    I always feel guilty, as I have to repeat many stories that fall into this category (never to be finished) since the news is one of my mains sources of relevant material, so it could be argued that I am just as guilty by virtue of repetition.

    The difference, hopefully, is that once mentioned, I’m always on the lookout for resolution of such tales, from whatever other source may come up with it, and will mention it if I am lucky enough to see it.

    Pulling isn’t really an option if it’s something that has just happened, or is something dependent on feedback, and unless I’m making the post as a deliberate appeal for more info to finish an old story, then I agree, it’s not really worth repeating… unless one is merely perpetuating a mystery, which might be valid, just to introduce it to new readers.


    Comment by Apollo | September 9, 2013

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