Having seen this posted a few places now, all holding up the Starlink having been used, they seem to glass over the point that the actual rescue communication was made from the liferaft
via the Iridium
network. This article cites a Go!, another an Inreach, but for sure, the Starlink was NOT used from the liferaft
. (I think the confusion is that in the liferaft was a Go!, and on the boat they were communication with was an Inreach.)
Starlink was used in coordination with the ARC
, that was nearby. But even without Starlink, ARC
boats are in close contact always, via email
, predictwind posts, and sometimes SSB
. So that coordination still would have happened.
Starlink was certainly useful, but it isn't a factor that lead to the rescue. The rescue occurred quickly because the vessel has an Iridium network device, and used it to contact a vessel 100 miles away. That vessel was in proximity of the ARC, and notified them. Certainly, there is more evidence here that you need to carry some other device, a Go! or Inreach, etc. as well as a Starlink if you have Starlink.
But, the fanboys will cheer for Starlink. FWIW, I am a Starlink user and agree it is a useful "game changer." But I have to be real, it isn't an emergency
comms device, and if the boat that hit the whale had a Starlink and got rid of their Iridium Go! because of it, or the boat they contacted gotten rid of their Inreach, the outcome might have been different.
Also, a recent update to the article corrects that the EPIRB
did in fact work
Regardless of the means of comms, good job by the ARC getting it done!