Originally Posted by dana-tenacity
Doesn't say how many wren't rescued, or better still how many were "rescued" unncessarily.
When I worked for U.S. Fish
and Wildlife in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska
, our work
vessels were inflatables. We carried small EPIRB's in the pockets of our float coats. One summer on Big Koniuji Island, we were joined by National Geographic sponsored researchers who had the academics down, but didn't have the skills they needed to get by on those remote
islands. They were an accident
waiting to happen.
When our 85' boat
came to pick up my crew at the end of the summer we decided to loan one of our EPIRB's to the researchers we'd be leaving behind. It was a three-day trip back to home port in Homer. About midway back, the VHF
came alive with talk about an EPIRB
transmitting near Bird Island (the island we'd left the researchers on). A plane and a chopper were sent out from the mainland. The researchers saw them coming and wondered what was going on when a chopper landed next to them on the island.
Well, it turns out that one of the researchers was out and about in their Zodiac
, had gotten broached and flipped in a surf landing on the island. He'd had our EPIRB
in his pocket. This was the late 80's and the units we had were not particularly waterproof. When he got ashore, he worried that the salt water
might ruin the unit so he decided to open the case to flush then dry the device. During the reassembly, he got the wires crossed up on the switch and it started transmitting, calling the SAR crews into action.