There was a thread on this forum in the past couple of months about a rescue
from the sailing vessel Celadon 90 miles off of Cape Hatteras in late November. I remembered reading that one of the crew members had a Spot on board.
There was also, near the end of the thread, a copy of the official Coast Guard report of the incident. So I went back and reread it.
In this case, the Coast Guard initially got the distress
call via VHF
. I assume this was a relayed call from a merchant vessel, since the sailboat was 90 miles offshore
, and a merchant vessel is reported in the log as being in contact with the sailboat.
Interestingly enough, though, the Coast Guard logged notification of a Spot 911 alert 42 minutes later. In that 42 minutes, the 911 service
had contacted the shore side contact of the Spot owner, who had confirmed the owner was on a boat sailing to Bermuda
This seems like pretty impressive offshore emergency service
from an $80 piece of equipment