Well done for doing that but you should have done it before yesterday.
You do realise VHF and PLB have limited, at times very limited range? Often less than a parachute would.
And if you sink by me I'd go for a flare first. It's rare to have the VHF on and I have no ability to pick up a PLB but I do have good eyes and know what a flare looks like.
Hmmmm.... You are a fast runner. I am impressed at how fast you disappeared when the cop car arrived
Are you serious? You have never seen any of the many news articles, comments etc about 'a flare being sited', surly you're just taking the piss.
When you popped that one at Arkles within seconds the VHF was alive with calls about it as were the land lines to CG. So much so it took me close to 4 minutes to break in and tell them all you'd been drinking and were doing a safety check. But I was only on a handheld in Arkles so reception wasn't legend which wouldn't helped
Oh I've done it before yesterday. The point there is that flares are not intuitive to use. You do need to read the label properly, and errors in use can cause substantial personal injury. All other safety devices and means of calling for help are fairly much intuitive. PLB - push the red button, VHF, turn on, hold the talk button in and talk. Life jackets tend to have a bright red 'pull here' toggle.
Now I'm going to have to pull you up on a technical point KM, yes VHF's can have limited range and be obstructed for line of sight. But how does a PLB have limited range? you will be confusing our viewers at home. PLB's as EPIRBs work via satellite. They need a clear view of the sky, which normally isn't a problem on the water. If your in a canyon or deep steep sided valley they can be slow to pick up satellites. If your already underwater, i.e. a submarine, then they wont work. Perhaps if you are in a global location where there aren't any satellites, i.e. Antarctica, they may be a bit slow, but in that situation a parachute wouldn't work either.
And no I'm not taking the piss, can you quote an account or news article where a flare was actually used fora rescue? I've given you two referenced accounts of flares being as useful as tits on a bull. They only stories of flares 'working' I'm aware of have all been fulse alarms.
Now, 83% of my flares only work at night. I do almost all of my boating in daylight. A flare only works if someone is looking during the 30 odd seconds its going off, and that person knows what they are looking at, and that person has a means of either performing a rescue, or calling for help, and that person has a vague idea how to record your location.
On a night like tonight, I could go to a large number of normally popular spots in the Hauraki Gulf and let off all of my flares, I may or may not get rescued. I could hope that someone is on the back side of Tiri and just felt like going out for a smoke at the same time I let off a flare, assuming there is anyone staying on the back side of Tiri, or Port Jackson, or Bostaquet Bay, or any number of locations I may have a cluster in.
Or I could activate my PLB, have an alarm and my position pop up at the MRCC (or what ever agency it is) and have rescue assets dispatched promptly to home in on my homing signal.
I'd far prefer to spend my safety dollars on other items than flares. But as this little thread started on a comment on DSC and how NZ is in the dark ages, I'll need to stay with flares, aldis signaling lights, kerosene pressure lanterns for nav lights, sextants, towed logs, lead lines, trylene sails and hemp ropes.
Time and technology moves on...