Originally Posted by psneeld
You are way off if you are refering to the USCG..and you really CAN'T argue the point because the system is in place and working just fine the way it HAS been for many years in the US. The people who do this for a living can and do make those decisions....and were doing it long before all the great advice from internet forums
No I KNOW the world isn't the US...but the US performs rescues all over the world.
Over here folks had opinions even before the internet
Glad it's all working out for you guys
and appreciate that the USCG is about more than rescuing folks.
But just to mention (as a small
comparison to the Australian EPIRB experiance) in this part of the world the Govt only
provides an inshore rescue RIB
(part of the fire service). and that is also about cliff rescues - so not entirely a resource for mariners.
No helicopter S&R here - but the French can be called upon, if needed. Am not entirely sure, but I suspect payment is involved for that - and certainly it doesn't get called out regularly. The 2 may be linked
In addition, there is a volunteer spotter plane that (I beleive) covers the whole of the CI. But nobody jumps out of it to undertake rescues
I think it gets some funding
from the Govt, but not all.
and finally of course there is the RNLI - being a volunteer (no Govt Funding) organisation. They provide an all weather lifeboat, plus a RIB
I mention all the above because although the odd person ends up dead, the lack of resources isn't really a factor. and it ain't down to training, licencing or equipment
requirements either (we ain't got any of that). I suspect the low body count is both down to a lack of expectation that "someone" will always be on hand to help, and probably most to do with the lack of sunny weather 24/7 making people realise that the sea is not always freindly.
Fully funded means just that ...the same amount is spent whether on actual rescues or burning it up training or miscellaneous missions. Crews get paid to sit or fly/float.
Fully Funded? Bottomless pit of money
If that works for you all, then great (lets hope the Chinese up the Credit Card limit next month)....but over here we like to be self reliant and that includes being self funding
(aka living within our means).
No matter....My point was to launch early and find someone BEFORE it became dangerous...and it's infinitely easier to go straight to an EPIRB and determine the problem and start a fix than to get a call from a relative and search all night for a simple breakdown that didn't feel the urgency to push the EPIRB button...
Searching for those overdue who have no better means to communicate other than their EPIRB DOES use up the resources faster and doesn't allow as much time to spend thinking about the solution to global warming.
Sure... exhaust all other means...but when night fall or approaching bad weather is at hand and the situation doesn't look like it's gonna change...then it was always my professional position to go ahead and use the EPIRB.
"Rescue early and Rescue often" does have an attraction for all concerned - apart from those paying for it (and therefore diverting cash from elsewhere - which ultimately leads to regulation from the "something must be done" brigade
........even if that in turn leads to a self sustaining bureacracy that is more expensive).
Appreciate that no professional can ever say "don't call for help" and not looking to decry those who head
out in conditions that keep me tucked up in bed
, but IMO a bit more "F#ck off and sort yourself out - we'll be out in the morning" might work well, for prevention
Not to say that folks should not press whatever buttons they have onboard - everyone gets to make there own decisions when at sea.