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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby zangtang » Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:25 am

essentially, Mattei was invited to join the top table, 'the seven sisters' as known then, now considerably/incestuously merged/consolidated,
perhaps not realizing fully that it was 'an offer he couldnt refuse'....which is what he did

dont know if thats covered in Yergin's 'the prize' which i havent tackled, but tis in
FW Engdahl - a century of war....which i have (and quite the eye-opener too)

now, back to De Margerie, staunch Russia advocate (that must have been a chilly wind,last couple of months) fresh from a foreign investment govt pow-wow and private meet w/ Medvedev.

This wholly unfounded speculation is a heady & toxic wine....accidents do happen,
and i litter my takeoff runways with snowploughs on a daily basis
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Postby elfismiles » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:09 pm

Travis Twiggs' Suicide - Only Questions Remain
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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby elfismiles » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:03 am

Anti-Petrodollar Oil CEO Dies in Freak Plane Crash - #NewWorldNextWeek @8:15 mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aejU_3Lt7s#t=08m15s

stefano » 22 Oct 2014 10:26 wrote:Bumping per a suggestion of Perelandra's to bring in the death of Christophe de Margerie.

So, goodbye then, Christophe de Margerie. Big man in the French military-industrial complex, and comes from old money. Outspoken supporter of good relations between Russia and Western Europe, which can't have been to the liking of the Atlanticists (let's call them). His main worry is falling oil prices when he visits Russia, the top oil-producing country in the world. May have been delegated to bring up the subject of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier that France is holding back from delivering to Russia because of the unpleasantness in the Ukraine. Dies in a freak accident.

Total oil CEO Christophe de Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Head of oil giant and three crew died when private jet hit snowplough during takeoff, say Russian sources

theguardian.com, Tuesday 21 October 2014 06.28 BST

The chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a private jet collided with a snow plough at Moscow’s Vnukovo international airport on Monday night.

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“Tonight a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine,” said airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova. “Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total’s head De Margerie.”
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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby Peachtree Pam » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:54 am

DSK partner leaps to his death

http://www.maxkeiser.com/

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s business partner, Thierry Leyne, has committed suicide by jumping from one of the tallest buildings in Tel Aviv.

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Word on the Paris boulevard is that Leyne Strauss-Kahn & Partners lost a lot last week in the market chaos. Whether or not the rumoured losses have anything to do with this, we don’t know yet
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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby Peachtree Pam » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:00 am

More detail on death of DSK partner

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-1 ... dies-at-49

Thierry Leyne, the French-Israeli entrepreneur who last year started an investment firm with former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has died. He was 49.

Leyne died yesterday in Tel Aviv, according to his assistant at the firm, who asked not to be identified. Le Figaro newspaper reported that he committed suicide.

Last year, Leyne joined Strauss-Kahn in establishing the Paris-traded firm Leyne, Strauss-Kahn & Partners after the former IMF head bought a 20 percent stake to help develop the investment-banking franchise of Leyne’s company, Luxembourg-based Anatevka SA. Leyne had taken Anatevka public in March 2013 before joining forces with Strauss-Kahn, commonly referred to in France as DSK.

The new partnership -- usually called LSK & Partners by using both men’s initials -- was part of Strauss-Kahn’s efforts to rebuild his post-IMF life after he was charged in 2011 of criminal sex, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and the forcible touching of a chambermaid at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan. Strauss-Kahn denied the charges, which were later dropped. He settled the maid’s lawsuit in 2012.

“There is a lot of demand from big groups to benefit from the advice of Mr. Strauss-Kahn,” Leyne told the New York Times last year. They started working together only a few months before agreeing to join forces, it reported.
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Leyne, who resided in Tel Aviv, built his career as a financier in France, Israel and Luxembourg. He founded the investment firm Assya Capital in 1994 and listed it on Euronext in Paris in 2001. Leyne merged the business with Global Equities Capital Markets in 2010 to provide financial advice and private banking to clients in eastern Europe, Le Figaro reported.

Anatevka, which had a market value of 50 million euros ($63 million) when Strauss-Kahn purchased his stake, controlled the merged entity, known as Assya Compagnie Financiere, offering asset management, brokerage, corporate finance and capital investment. Anatevka had a staff of about 100 people in six countries -- Luxembourg, Belgium, Monaco, Israel, Switzerland and Romania -- in September 2013.

In 1996, Leyne founded the company Axfin, one of the first independent investment firms in France, according to the website of Assya Capital. Axfin listed on the Paris stock exchange in 1999 before it was bought by Nuremberg, Germany-based Consors Discount Broker AG. Leyne was the supervisory board chairman of Consors France until the end of 2002.

Leyne was born in September 1965, according to French public records. He held French and Israeli citizenship, Figaro said. He had an engineering degree from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, his LinkedIn profile shows.
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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby Peachtree Pam » Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:25 am

Well, the name is suspicious...

Deutsche Bank Lawyer Found Dead in New York in Suicide

http://online.wsj.com/articles/deutsche ... 1414187723

Oct. 24, 2014 5:55 p.m. ET

A senior Deutsche Bank AG regulatory lawyer, Calogero Gambino, has died of a suicide in New York, according to New York City officials and others familiar with the circumstances of his death.

Mr. Gambino, 41 years old, was an associate general counsel, a managing director and an 11-year veteran of the German bank. He was found on the morning of Oct. 20 hanging by the neck from a stairway banister, the New York Police Department said. The man, who was found by his wife, was pronounced dead by medics, and the death is being described by police as a suicide. New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said the cause of death is hanging and manner of death is suicide.

Mr. Gambino had been closely involved in negotiating legal issues for Deutsche Bank, including the prolonged probe into manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and ongoing investigations into manipulation of currencies markets, according to people familiar with his role at the bank.

He previously was an associate at a private law firm and a regulatory enforcement lawyer from 1997 to 1999, according to his online LinkedIn profile and biographies for conferences where he spoke.

"Charlie was a beloved and respected colleague who we will miss. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his friends and family,” Deutsche Bank said in a statement.

The apparent suicide would be the second this year by a current or former Deutsche Bank executive. In January, amid a spate of suicides across the financial-services industry, 58-year-old William Broeksmit, a former senior bank executive who started working at Deutsche Bank in 1996, was found hanging in his London home.

People familiar with the matter said Mr. Broeksmit had been involved in investigations by U.S. authorities probing the bank, and he complained that he was anxious about investigations, a London coroner said publicly in March.

A Deutsche Bank spokesman said at the time of the inquest that Mr. Broeksmit “was not under suspicion of wrongdoing in any matter.” At the time of Mr. Broeksmit’s death, Deutsche Bank executives sent a memo to bank staff saying Mr. Broeksmit “was considered by many of his peers to be among the finest minds in the fields of risk and capital management.”

Mr. Broeksmit had left a senior role at Deutsche Bank’s investment bank in February 2013, but he remained an adviser until the end of 2013. His most recent title was the investment bank’s head of capital and risk-optimization, which included evaluating risks related to complicated transactions.
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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby cptmarginal » Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:00 pm

Wow, another one from Deutsche Bank. That's extremely suspicious, in my opinion.

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This is behind a paywall, but still:

Top Advisor in Apparent Suicide as Fund Draws Questions

Convergent Wealth Advisors’ David Zier found dead after apparent irregularities are discovered in a fund he ran outside the firm

October 25, 2014

David Zier, ranked by Barron’s as one of America’s top independent financial advisors, was found dead at his Louisa County, Va., lake house on Oct. 15, an apparent suicide.

Zier, 44, was chief executive and the leading financial advisor at Convergent Wealth Advisors, based in Potomac, Md. The firm confirmed last week to Barron’s that Zier’s death occurred after irregularities came to light in an investment fund that Zier had been...
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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby Peachtree Pam » Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:48 pm

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-2 ... nt-suicide

Another Deutsche Banker And Former SEC Enforcement Attorney Commits Suicide


Back on January 26, a 58-year-old former senior executive at German investment bank behemoth Deutsche Bank, William Broeksmit, was found dead after hanging himself at his London home, and with that, set off an unprecedented series of banker suicides throughout the year which included former Fed officials and numerous JPMorgan traders.

Following a brief late summer spell in which there was little if any news of bankers taking their lives, as reported previously, the banker suicides returned with a bang when none other than the hedge fund partner of infamous former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Khan, Thierry Leyne, a French-Israeli entrepreneur, was found dead after jumping off the 23rd floor of one of the Yoo towers, a prestigious residential complex in Tel Aviv.

Just a few brief hours later the WSJ reported that yet another Deutsche Bank veteran has committed suicide, and not just anyone but the bank's associate general counsel, 41 year old Calogero "Charlie" Gambino, who was found on the morning of Oct. 20, having also hung himself by the neck from a stairway banister, which according to the New York Police Department was the cause of death. We assume that any relationship to the famous Italian family carrying that last name is purely accidental.

Here is his bio from a recent conference which he attended:

Charlie J. Gambino is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel in the Regulatory, Litigation and Internal Investigation group for Deutsche Bank in the Americas. Mr. Gambino served as a staff attorney in the United Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement from 1997 to 1999. He also was associated with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom from 1999 to 2003. He is a frequent speaker at securities law conferences. Mr. Gambino is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

As a reminder, the other Deutsche Bank-er who was found dead earlier in the year, William Broeksmit, was involved in the bank's risk function and advised the firm's senior leadership; he was "anxious about various authorities investigating areas of the bank where he worked," according to written evidence from his psychologist, given Tuesday at an inquest at London's Royal Courts of Justice. And now that an almost identical suicide by hanging has taken place at Europe's most systemically important bank, and by a person who worked in a nearly identical function - to shield the bank from regulators and prosecutors and cover up its allegedly illegal activities with settlements and fines - is surely bound to raise many questions.

The WSJ reports that Mr. Gambino had been "closely involved in negotiating legal issues for Deutsche Bank, including the prolonged probe into manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and ongoing investigations into manipulation of currencies markets, according to people familiar with his role at the bank."

He previously was an associate at a private law firm and a regulatory enforcement lawyer from 1997 to 1999, according to his online LinkedIn profile and biographies for conferences where he spoke. But most notably, as his LinkedIn profile below shows, like many other Wall Street revolving door regulators, he started his career at the SEC itself where he worked from 1997 to 1999.

"Charlie was a beloved and respected colleague who we will miss. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his friends and family,” Deutsche Bank said in a statement.

Going back to the previous suicide by a DB executive, the bank said at the time of the inquest that Mr. Broeksmit “was not under suspicion of wrongdoing in any matter.” At the time of Mr. Broeksmit’s death, Deutsche Bank executives sent a memo to bank staff saying Mr. Broeksmit “was considered by many of his peers to be among the finest minds in the fields of risk and capital management.” Mr. Broeksmit had left a senior role at Deutsche Bank’s investment bank in February 2013, but he remained an adviser until the end of 2013. His most recent title was the investment bank’s head of capital and risk-optimization, which included evaluating risks related to complicated transactions.

A thread connecting Broeksmit to wrongdoing, however, was uncovered earlier this summer when Wall Street on Parade referenced his name in relation to the notorious at the time strategy provided by Deutsche Bank and others to allow hedge funds to avoid paying short-term capital gains taxes known as MAPS (see How RenTec Made More Than $34 Billion In Profits Since 1998: "Fictional Derivatives")

From Wall Street on Parade:

Broeksmit’s name first emerged in yesterday’s Senate hearing as Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the Subcommittee, was questioning Satish Ramakrishna, the Global Head of Risk and Pricing for Global Prime Finance at Deutsche Bank Securities in New York. Ramakrishna was downplaying his knowledge of conversations about how the scheme was about changing short term gains into long term gains, denying that he had been privy to any conversations on the matter.

Levin than asked: “Did you ever have conversations with a man named Broeksmit?” Ramakrishna conceded that he had and that the fact that the scheme had a tax benefit had emerged in that conversation. Ramakrishna could hardly deny this as Levin had just released a November 7, 2008 transcript of a conversation between Ramakrishna and Broeksmit where the tax benefit had been acknowledged.

Another exhibit released by Levin was an August 25, 2009 email from William Broeksmit to Anshu Jain, with a cc to Ramakrishna, where Broeksmit went into copious detail on exactly what the scheme, internally called MAPS, made possible for the bank and for its client, the Renaissance Technologies hedge fund. (See Email from William Broeksmit to Anshu Jain, Released by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.)

At one point in the two-page email, Broeksmit reveals the massive risk the bank is taking on, writing: “Size of portfolio tends to be between $8 and $12 billion long and same amount of short. Maximum allowed usage is $16 billion x $16 billion, though this has never been approached.”

Broeksmit goes on to say that most of Deutsche’s money from the scheme “is actually made by lending them specials that we have on inventory and they pay far above the regular rates for that.”

It would appear that with just months until the regulatory crackdown and Congressional kangaroo circus, Broeksmit knew what was about to pass and being deeply implicated in such a scheme, preferred to take the painless way out.

The question then is just what major regulatory revelation is just over the horizon for Deutsche Bank if yet another banker had to take his life to avoid being cross-examined by Congress under oath? For a hint we go back to another report, this time by the FT, which yesterday noted that Deutsche Bank will set aside just under €1bn towards the numerous legal and regulatory issues it faces in its third quarter results next week, the bank confirmed on Friday.

In a statement made after the close of markets, the Frankfurt-based lender said it expected to publish litigation costs of €894m when it announces its results for the July-September period on October 29.

The extra cash will add to Deutsche's already sizeable litigation pot, where the bank has yet to be fined in connection with the London interbank rate-rigging scandal.

It is also facing fines from US authorities over alleged mortgage-backed securities misselling and sanctions violations, which have already seen rivals hit with heavy fines.

Deutsche has also warned that damage from global investigations into whether traders attempted to manipulate the foreign-exchange market could have a material impact on the bank.

The extra charge announced on Friday will bring Deutsche's total litigation reserves to €3.1bn. The bank also has an extra €3.2bn in so-called contingent liabilities for fines that are harder to estimate.

Clearly Deutsche Bank is slowly becoming Europe's own JPMorgan - a criminal bank whose past is finally catching up to it, and where legal fine after legal fine are only now starting to slam the banking behemoth. We will find out just what the nature of the latest litigation charge is next week when Deutsche Bank reports, but one thing is clear: in addition to mortgage, Libor and FX settlements, one should also add gold. Recall from around the time when the first DB banker hung himself: it was then that Elke Koenig, the president of Germany's top financial regulator, Bafin, said that in addition to currency rates, manipulation of precious metals "is worse than the Libor-rigging scandal."

It remains to be seen if Calogero's death was also related to precious metals rigging although it certainly would not be surprising. What is surprising, is that slowly things are starting to fall apart at the one bank which as we won't tire of highlighting, has a bigger pyramid of notional derivatives on its balance sheet than even JPMorgan, amounting to 20 times more than the GDP of Germany itself, and where if any internal investigation ever goes to the very top, then Europe itself, and thus the world, would be in jeopardy.

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At this point it is probably worth reminding to what great lengths regulators would go just to make sure that Deutsche Bank would never be dragged into a major litigation scandal: recall that the chief enforcer of the SEC during the most critical period following the great crash of 2008, Robert Khuzami, worked previously from 2002 to 2009 at, drumroll, Deutsche Bank most recently as its General Counsel (see "Robert Khuzami Stands To Lose Up To $250,000 If He Pursues Action Against Deutsche Bank" and "Circle Jerk 101: The SEC's Robert Khuzami Oversaw Deutsche Bank's CDO, Has Recused Himself Of DB-Related Matters"). The same Khuzami who just landed a $5 million per year contract (with a 2 year guarantee) with yet another "law firm", Kirkland and Ellis. One wonders: if and when the hammer falls on Deutsche Bank, will it perchance be defended by the same K&E and its latest prominent hire, Robert Khuzami himself?

But usually it is best to just avoid litigation altogether. Which is why perhaps sometimes it is easiest if the weakest links, those whose knowledge can implicate the people all the way at the top, quietly commit suicide in the middle of the night...
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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

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Postby zangtang » Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:22 am

the mundanity of real life imitates blokes equivalent of early 90s shopping-and-fucking novel art
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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby stefano » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:06 am

Peachtree Pam » Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:54 pm wrote:Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s business partner, Thierry Leyne, has committed suicide by jumping from one of the tallest buildings in Tel Aviv.

Word on the Paris boulevard is that Leyne Strauss-Kahn & Partners lost a lot last week in the market chaos. Whether or not the rumoured losses have anything to do with this, we don’t know yet


LSK Says It’s Insolvent as New Details Imperil Recovery
By Stephanie Bodoni and Fabio Benedetti-Valentini Nov 5, 2014 8:36 PM GMT+0200

Leyne, Strauss-Kahn & Partners (MLLSK) said it’s insolvent following the discovery of “additional commitments” that threaten the investment firm’s ability to recover after the death of co-founder Thierry Leyne last month.

Leyne, 49, a French-Israeli entrepreneur who started LSK & Partners with Dominique Strauss-Kahn last year, fell to his death in Tel Aviv on Oct. 23 in an apparent suicide. New information that has emerged since “called into question the continuation of the company,” LSK & Partners said in an e-mailed statement today, without giving details.

“LSK discovered additional commitments within the group, which they were unaware of and which aggravate its delicate financial situation,” the company’s board of directors said in the statement. “The board found that the new information called into question the continuation of the company LSK, whose credit is irreparably compromised” and “decided to proceed and make a declaration of insolvency.”

Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund managing director, gave up the chairmanship of LSK & Partners on Oct. 20, the firm said last month. LSK & Partners shares were halted in Paris on Oct. 23, after declining 59 percent in 2014. Le Figaro newspaper reported the same day Leyne had committed suicide.

Unauthorized Trades

Leyne had been in a dispute with Insch Capital Management SA, a hedge fund based in Lugano, Switzerland, which alleged his firm made unauthorized trades with its money before his death.

A spokesman for the Luxembourg courts said today that LSK has submitted a request for voluntary bankruptcy. A spokeswoman for Strauss-Kahn didn’t immediately return a call and an e-mail seeking comment.

LSK & Partners, its unit Assya Asset Management Luxembourg SA and Leyne were ordered on Oct. 3 by a Luxembourg judge to pay 2 million euros ($2.5 million) to the local unit of Baloise Holding AG. (BALN) The insurance company had sued the group over the repayment of shares in LSK & Partners.

A Luxembourg court last week granted Assya Asset Management a suspension of payments until Nov. 17.

Leyne, who resided in Tel Aviv, built his career as a financier in France, Israel and Luxembourg. He founded the investment firm Assya Capital in 1994 and listed it on Euronext in Paris in 2001. Leyne merged the business with Global Equities Capital Markets in 2010 to provide financial advice and private banking to clients in eastern Europe, Le Figaro reported.

Strauss-Kahn Scandal

Strauss-Kahn, 65, bought a stake in Leyne’s investment-banking and asset-management company, Luxembourg-based Anatevka SA, last year as part of an effort to rebuild his post-IMF life after a scandal dashed his chance to run for the French presidency. LSK & Partners said in March it planned to use Strauss-Kahn’s economic and political knowledge to help start a $2 billion hedge fund.

Strauss-Kahn was charged in 2011 of criminal sex, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and the forcible touching of a chambermaid at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan. Strauss-Kahn denied the charges, which were later dropped. He settled the maid’s lawsuit in 2012.

A call and e-mail seeking comment from LSK & Partners in Luxembourg wasn’t immediately returned.
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Postby coffin_dodger » Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:23 am

^^ I'm late to the party re: the South Coast yatching connection, but it struck me (and I'll add it, fwiw) that I remember seeing somewhere (here, maybe - about people on cruise ships disappearing?) that the best place to 'off' someone is in International Waters - due to the fact that the least competant 'local' police force can be assigned to look into it.

I know absolutely nothing about sailing, navigation and the where Intenational Waters start and end around the UK, but is it posible that offenses (including the kind of acts that this man indulged in) would be best committed 'outside National boundaries'? It would be interesting to know where his boat Sat Nav shows he went (I assume these records are kept). And indeed if he himself was 'offed' in Int Waters. Just a thought and probably discussed elsewhere at that.
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Postby semper occultus » Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:50 am

....that's pretty much the basic MO - no doubt about that......there's that bit in The Silence of the Lambs...bearing in mind Harris was a crime reporter and must have heard some shit....

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...the DM have just pulled that story and reposted a redacted version...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2828642/Police-call-sea-search-missing-yachtsman-74-70ft-Sunseeker-returned-port-no-one-aboard.html
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Postby alloneword » Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:12 am

Re: King... A bit more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weath ... t-sea.html

If a vessel is suitably equipped, you can find out it's movements around UK inshore waters using the AIS (auto info system) by tracking the MMSI number:

STEFEFREE: 235023316 0 MGWH7 [UK] H 13:51 23 Jun 2014


http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=235023316

Unfortunately, in this case, the vessel appears not to have transmitted since 23rd June (this doesn't really mean much, though - many vessels transmit sporadically).

'International waters' would begin 12 nautical miles (22.2 km or 13.8 miles) from the coastline.

What strikes me as odd is that anyone would go for a pleasure cruise in the English Channel on Sunday - the weather was pretty bad.
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