No, not at all. The Coast Guard search and rescue
capability (SAR) is very, very professional. They regularly perform feats most of us can only in our wildest dreams imagine doing.
All I'm saying, is that they have not passed along to the boating
community the Latitude and Longitude coordinates which they got from the EPIRB
signal, and which caused them to send out search aircraft and drop position-indicating marker buoys.
It is quite possible that they did activate another SAR system which involves merchant shipping
. Under this system, ships voluntarily and regularly report their positions to the USCG and, in the event of a known emergency
, the Coast Guard can then determine whether or not there is any shipping
in the area, and can notify those ships to be on the lookout or divert them to the position of the vessel in distress
. It's possible they did, in fact, use this system and just didn't report the EPIRB
position to the general boating
community via their website or VHF
Unfortunately, it's doubtful that this would have made much difference in this situation.
These folks had a lot going for them...young, very experienced, a great boat, etc. We can only hope and pray that they somehow survived this horrendous storm.