Originally Posted by Wotname
Assuming it was the first live ping, this indicates the beacon was unable to transmit (for whatever reason) after approximately two to three minutes.
FWIW, the first transmission occurs within milliseconds after switch on but this transmission is not "live" in so far as it's coding goes. The first "live" ping occurs about 1 minute later and then they are repeated in approximately one minute intervals.
Of course we don't know the exact situation of how, when or why the first ping was received but however you look at it, it isn't good.
It would be nice to know which beacon was activated as there is possibly more than one beacon on board.
Back to the lifeboat aspect, do any of the commercial shipping folk (F V & El P etc) know if it is usual to have an EPRIB (and/or SARTs) in each lifeboat or only on the ship?
current iteration of SOLAS for unlimited tonnage vessels on oceanic routes stipulates epirbs in the lifeboats. the problem with what the el faro was carrying aren't the boats so much as the davits
they launch from. with the more modern freefall lifeboats everybody gets in, straps in, hatch
gets shut, someone pulls the release lever, boat drops free. done.
the el faro carried open boats on old school
gravity davits. gravity dvaits work well enough the problem is that someone has to stay on deck
to operate the davit to lower the lifeboat to the water, and then climb down a jacobs ladder to board the lifeboat. the information I'm getting from the network of maine
maritime alums is that the first pings were from 2 containers which had GPS
transponders on them then the ships EPIRB
ping was picked up later. problem is now the EPIRB
has gone silent and nothing more than a few life rings have been found. combine that with the initial report from the ship they had lost
power, we're experiencing flooding and were carrying a 15 degree list, also the fact that a deep draft
ship without power will lay beam to the seas in short order that speaks to me of a ship that rolled then sank very quickly. this one is unfortunately hitting very close to home, 2 of my schoolmates were aboard that ship.