OK, Noonsite features a quote I found incredible:
Noonsite: Candian Yachtsman tells of rescue in eight-metre swell
"A lone Canadian yachtsman says he's lucky a long out-of-date battery still powered his emergency beacon
when he struck trouble in wild weather
in the Southern Ocean. Paul Lim, 62, was picked up by a Panama-registered bulk carrier late on Monday after his yacht's engine broke free of its mounting and threatened to hole the 9.5 metre vessel. Australian rescue
authorities had a plane overhead within hours of him setting off his beacon.
and extra life raft were dropped to him before the carrier, the Kohju, arrived 140 nautical miles south-west of Cape Leeuwin off the WA coast to rescue
Mr Lim told ABC Radio
from the Kohju that he was totally surprised at the fast rescue response once he activated his EPIRB
. "I thought when I switched it on, maybe in a couple of days I might get a response if I'm lucky. A friend had given me this EPIRB
and the expiry date on the battery was actually 2002, so there was no guarantee it was going to work
," Mr Lim said. "It was kind of a desperate effort trying to avoid a catastrophe."
Dude, what were you thinking
was the point of buying
a 2002-expired EPIRB? Who would sell such a thing? Did you trade
it for slightly used chewing gum?
Armchair skippering or not, I have to consider that purchasing
EPIRB was an extremely boneheaded move for a solo sailor in the Southern Ocean to commit, and he is very, very lucky the thing worked at all for five seconds, never mind long enough to secure his rescue.
Did he also purchase
a kapok and cork PFD
from a beached U-Boat?