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
So just for the record, KM was advocating the use of flares through this thread. I was advocating the use of electronic devices such as PLB's or EPIRB's.
Current story here of a father and daughter who's launch broke down, on Friday, spent two nights drifting at sea, including Saturday which was awful weather.
The father "shot off some flares, but no one saw them".
The Coastguard air wing, an Airforce P3 Orion and a number of boats were searching for this boat. They were found visually in daylight.
Wonder if they would have been found and rescued last Friday had they used an EPIRB or PLB?