As the crow flies the "boat people" were some 600 yards from the spot in the wood where David Kelly's body was found. My information is that Thameside Farm to the west wasn't occupied and this would mean that if the boat people had spent the night moored where Brock found them then they would have been the closest known people to the dead body.
Even if the police, who the boat people had seen at some point previously, had failed to spot the boat then the statements from Holmes and Chapman on the 18th would have informed them. Surely then the police would pull out the stops to find the boat people, they couldn't have travelled far. The police provided no evidence whatsoever that they tried to find these potential witnesses.
The very day after Mr Dingemans has heard from Paul Chapman he is examining ACC Page at the latter's first visit to the Inquiry. Now Dingemans is a sharp operator and it seems unthinkable to me that he didn't raise the question of the boat people with Page especially after it was revealed that some police had been seen on the riverbank early that morning. What did Dingemans say on the subject? Nothing whatsoever. Perhaps Hutton intervened. He didn't.
If it wasn't for the testimonies of the two searchers we would be blissfully unaware about the people moored on the Thames. Most people I suppose would assume that the boat people were innocent parties to the drama of Dr Kelly's death. But were they?
One Dr Kelly investigator has pointed out that there is a track running down to a field that is on the north bank of the Thames at this point. It's possible the reasoning goes for Dr Kelly to have been transported down this quite straight track in a four wheel drive vehicle and the boat used to ferry him across and then for him to be carried up from the other side of the river into the wood.
Fantasy? Well I see it at a minimum as a viable scenario. If Dr Kelly was murdered by agents of this or another country then there would be no shortage of resources. Perhaps the key point for me is the seeming lack of interest by Thames Valley Police in the boat people. Moreover we see the Inquiry totally ignoring the subject once the searchers had been examined and made their revelation. I don't believe that this is credible if there is no cover up.