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Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea

Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
These arguments are largely based upon the assumption that EPIRBs never fail to activate, or the system is somehow immune to failure...

I believe that's a mistaken assumption...

EPIRBs Ain?t Necessarily EPIRB-ing Maritime Accident Casebook
This certainly could have been the case. An EPIRB that did not work would make a slow sinking scenario plausible. The only things I question in that case are what became of the liferaft? I assume they had one and why was no flotsam found? Maybe some will turn up but it is puzzling that in a full-scale search with a fair idea of position, nothing turned up. I don't know what kind of EPIRB they had but I am also assuming it was one which can be self-tested and that the captain did perform a recent test. This seems to have been a capable boat and crew, unlikely to have equipment neglect/failure of this nature.

We can only hope that the crew will be found floating in a liferaft with a malfunctioning EPIRB.

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