Originally Posted by MarkJ
Its tough down there and I dont think epirb response is very good. Remember that tall ship, ummmm Constellation?? They were days adrift after epirb activation. And do we know if this boat had epirb?
My Argentine sources say the boat did not have EPIRB. It did have a satphone, which was used to send a distress
message to family
members. It is unclear whether that message included position info. The phone
was used several times over several hours and then it did not work anymore. It is unclear whether the phone
stopped working because it got wet or it ran out of battery
IM not so HO this case gives us lessons that are applicable for offshore
1)Sat phones do not replace EPIRBs because the latter send all the required info and no more, they are waterproof and there is no way to misuse the battery
capacity by sending unnecessary info instead of saving it to keep sending position updates for longer.
2) Waterproof (or waterproofED) VHF
radios that do not rely exclusively on a masthead antenna
are critical once you have rescue
assets within a couple dozen miles. Within hours of their distress
call these guys were found by a cargo ship that could not make VHF
contact with them and ended up losing visual contact with them and then moved on. Speculation is that they lost
ability when they lost the mast
or when things got wet later on. IMHO a waterproof handheld VHF would most likely have saved their lives because it is much easier to spot a ship from a yacht than the other way around and that same ship would not have moved on had they heard the voice of those sailors on channel 16.
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