A yacht that rolled between NZ and Tonga decided to activate their EPIRB due to injuries. Read the report, it gives some good advice plus insight into how long (or short) a rescue takes and what types of assets are deployed in a rescue situation.
Some quick thoughts from the article:
- Don’t leave your boat until necessary. If it is afloat you are better off on-board than in a life raft.
- Today, two days is a common time to get help to a stricken vessel. If you are in helicopter range that might be faster.
- The combination of an EPIRB and life raft is necessary.
I hope all goes well for the couple, they seem to have done things correctly.
Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor
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