As I gaze out my port window I can see Jay's mooring
ball and all the derelict boats he collected. It disturbs me that a better method of search should have been implemented.
I was the very last person who received a text from Jay. I told him that if he did not make the sail to Key West
then he was going to end up in Mexico
. I told him I would keep an eye out for him.
Years ago I lived in ALASKA
. I have witnessed what the Alaska
Airman's Association does when a person is in need of help in ALASKA. The pilots will take to the sky!
Via the Internet
I searched for the Key West
Civil Air Patrol and they have no phone
number and no plan in place to assist in the search process. I am now calling on the AAS to put forth their leadership in helping to implement such a program here in the Keys and maybe just maybe this will help other mariners in other locations.
I called the Key West International Tower to ask for their help.
I called Sea Plane Adventures that flies a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter.
They went into action and asked their passengers in route
to and from the Dry Tortugas
to be on the look out for the trimaran
I called the tower at Marathon Airport
to alert pilots.
I felt that this was not good enough and now reached out the the United States Navy
. I called Naval Air Station Key West and respectfully requested that the war birds that fly out of NAS keep a look out. Was politely told that was not possible and then I asked for another request from the Navy
This was to utilize the latest USN technology that is being deployed from the HSV-2. This super spy vessel was here in Key West last month. It has the ability to read a license
plate from a range of hundreds of miles. The Navy said, to me. Call the Coast Guard and if the Coast Guard desires the help from the Navy - then the Navy will respond. I made that call.
I am 100% certain that if such an asset were utilized then Jay would of had the best technology on the Planet finding him. I pushed every button I could possibly push. I had no fear in asking for help. Trust me on this, the NAVY and COAST GUARD had never received such a phone
It just might be a good idea to equip the CG with the HSV-2 technology. Perhaps a far lesser version would be a good start.
All I can say now is... GODSPEED JAY and use your ALASKA skills to stay alive and live to tell the story!