Two sailors were rescued this morning in what appears to be a text book case of how the modern search and rescue system works.
- They activated their EPIRB
- Fixed wing aircraft located the stricken vessel
- Helicopters attempted to rescue the pair
- The final rescue was carried out by a merchant vessel
- Everyone is safe
In the spirit of overspending at Christmas time, suppliers of marine life saving equipment must also be happy.
- 6 life rafts were dropped by the search and rescue team, they will need to be replaced
- The EPIRB used to notify search and rescue will need to be replaced, or at least serviced
- Boat builders and equipment suppliers will be queuing up to replace the sailboat which appears to be lost
It is nice to have a safe ending to a disaster such as this, even better on Christmas Eve.
If you want to read more, click here for the Yachting World article.
Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor
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