A fantastic example of the importance of having an Emergency Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on board if you are travelling offshore – coupled with an AIS signal this lucky yachtsman was rescued after a brilliant response from various international and military rescue agencies.
Always try and have more that one way to raise the alarm – especially if you are out of VHF range. There are so many devices on the market right now as technology become ever smarter and ever smaller. Devices are available both for your vessel such as EPIRBs/SARTs and for personal use such as Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and AIS Man Over Board indicators. Only rely on your mobile phone as a last resort!
This week our FREE training sessions are looking at how to use your VHF Radio, using the correct VHF channels, using your Digtial Selctive Calling (DSC) and what to do in an emergency to be able to call for help. See more HERE
To see more about the available devices and their uses check out our blog entries on our VHF Radio Training Tips page.
Well done all involved! You can find our more on this amazing story on the HM Coastguard Blog use the link below.
Long distance yacht rescue – HM Coastguard has now successfully completed the coordination of a long distance rescue of a yachtsman more than 500 miles off the coast of Cornwall.