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Due to the blockade and lack of funds, the MV Communicator went into port, escorted by Gardline Tracker, where it was impounded by the Admiralty Marshall on behalf of creditors, including Gardline Surveys who had sold Laser the ship, and Paul Rusling, its first engineer and coordinator who had sourced the transmitters and paid staff on behalf of the owner. The ship was offered for sale in a blind auction and, despite its cost being almost £1 million two years before, was sold for around £35,000. The ship contracted by the UK Government to observe the radio ships off the Thames Estuary, the Gardline Tracker, returned to sea to watch Radio Caroline, but the monitoring ended a little more than a month later, on 12 December 1985.


The day after Laser's closure, Radio Caroline moved from 576 to 558 kHz, a clearer frequency.


The MV Communicator was bought by East Anglian Productions and left unhindered during restoration in Essex. The ship returned to international water in late 1986 and on

1st December began test transmissions as Laser Hot Hits using the 576 channel abandoned by Radio Caroline, since Caroline was still using 558. The station resumed broadcasting on 7 December. The ship had twin 25 kW transmitters, but the five wire horizontal array antenna could only accommodate one transmitters at a time.


Laser Hot Hits lasted less time than the original and had poorer coverage. After losing masts in a storm in January it closed temporarily. The station went off the air in early 1987.