A French sailor survived three days in his life raft after dismasting in the Southern Ocean south-west of Tasmania. Full details have not yet been published but local news has an interesting video interview with the Captain of the rescue ship. He could only see the life raft for 1/2 mile and without outside assistance from aircraft would have had extreme difficulty in finding the raft.
We do not know yet why a dismasting forced the sailor in to his life raft nor how he contacted search and rescue, if by SSB or EPIRB. What this rescue does show is that the system works even if you are in the far reaches of the globe.
Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor
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