So I'm reading an account written in a magazine in one of those "Lessons Learned" type articles of a sailor whose 45ft boat slipped anchor
& was lifted onto a reef because "clocking winds and rising tide" and whose spouse was blown out to sea in a rubber dinghy
when he tried to kedge the boat, because the dingy's motor
was not working and he also had no decent paddles.
There's plenty enough for a face-palm or two right there, but I understand that hindsight is 20/20 etc.
But this is where it gets interesting: she sends out a mayday using VHF
, but somehow it is only picked up (garbled) by a Coast Guard station clear across the country, in Alaska
. (She was in the Bahamas) The Coast Guard eventually manages to identify the boat and track down the location. etc etc and everything worked out in the end
WTF? How did the Mayday bounce to Alaska
? The author of the article thanks the Coast Guard and everyone else involved without explaining.
Now, it seems to me THAT is the real question that needed an answer!