Originally Posted by PCP
The boat should have issued a Pan Pan, that's what should be used to make the CG aware of the situation, instead they issued a not needed Mayday.
The boat should have asked a medical evacuation not have deployed a Mayday.
Do you have seen an activated Epirb? How can someone not notice that an Epirb is activated?
and he waited airplanes to be searching for him to say that he had activated the Epirb?
Funny thing to say
I give up, it seems that you all know a lot more than me.
Paulo - I think you're being absolutely reasonable here. One of the problems appears to possibly be mixed signals sent by the sailors - causing the CG to run all over the place sorting these out.
If the listed facts are right - it seems there were radio-voiced Maydays, EPIRBs, DSC calls, and even Spot SOSs. ALL of these were viewed as Maydays...not Pan-Pans...until confirmed otherwise.
So the biggest question in my mind right now is what the conversations were between the CG and those distressed boats/crews. It seems an awful lot of SAR hardware and personnel were moved into place in multiple locations for these calls (the greatest thing about the CG - they just do). It would be great to know what the sequence of those communications was...in other words, at what point did those sailors go from Mayday to Okay?
The difference between Pan-Pan and Mayday is critical. So you have a valid point.