Originally Posted by capngeo
Shoreside peeps pulling the alarm
too soon can be a bit tough. BUT the flip side can be bad as well. I was once 4 DAYS overdue and the floatplan keepers didn't call the alarm
.... Their rational was that I'd figure it out and get in somehow. When I got into cell range and called they said they were going to give it "1 more day"! Glad I wasn't bobbing out there in the dink!
There is a lot of effort expended on these time alarm scenarios... if I don't show up by x then you do y. Here in Australia
there is a system of volunteer coastal stations that exhort one to "log on with them" with detailed float plans, frequent check-ins via VHF
and so on. I suppose that one can invent a situation where that would result in a rescue
that would have otherwise not been effected, but in my observation essentially all rescues are made after an active call for help. Maybe via VHF
, maybe SSB
, rarely by flare, more likely EPIRB
, but something done by the vessel requiring help.
With the advent of reliable and inexpensive EPIRBS (required to be carried here in Oz) all the hoo-haa about float plans etc seems a waste of time to me. I have yet to hear of a rescue
that was carried out when a float plan ETA was not met. May have happened, but isn't a common occurrence. I expect that this attitude will ruffle some feathers, but that's how it looks to me.
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Marmong Point, Lake Macquarie NSW Oz