EPIRB’s once again work

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.

Rollie Herman

Rollie Herman

Working in the marine industry since 1971, president of Westpac Marine since 1984.
Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor
Rollie Herman

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Rollie Herman

Working in the marine industry since 1971, president of Westpac Marine since 1984. Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor

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