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Old 07-06-2013
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Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea

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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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