Fish 0 Posted February 23, 2021 Share Posted February 23, 2021 I couldn't hear my HH VHF when communicating with a boat 50 m away in 5 knts on Sunday. Luckily my main set was fine, and all I was doing was checking in for a race. I rather imagine when he got to Bream Bay he needed a sleep... The main point is his perspective at the time. He clearly had a bit on. He was concerned for his inexperienced crew and his boat. I suspect that not hearing any response to his mayday, his psychology changed and he just got on with sailing the boat / dealing with it. The authorities have been very careful not to criticise, and in every news story highlight the fact that it is far far better to call for help, and cancel it if the situation changes / improves. On the VHF thing, there is a good chance he had a main VHF downstairs, but if he was stuck in the Colville Channel and couldn't leave the helm, simply could not get to it. It may have been something as simple as that. Yes, lessons learnt could be valuable, but you have to do them in such a way as to not ostracise people. If that happens, people become very reluctant to call for help, and you risk fatalities. The alternative is wasted time and money, or in another view, a proper training session for SAR. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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