Originally Posted by PCP
That can't be true and makes no sense. Do you are saying that if I Issue a Pan Pan adverting the Australian CG for a serious problem and asking them to follow me for safety reasons (for instance contacting every 6 hours) because I have one of the following situations:
1 - I am making water but I have managed to stop the ingress to acceptable levels and I am trying to make it to port.
2. I have broken my mast, lost the engine, managed to jury rig and I am trying to make it to Port.
Are you saying that face to these circumstances the Australians will divert ships and launch aircrafts and helicopters just in case the Pan Pan turns in a mayday?
That does not makes sense.
As I have said an Epirb launch or a DSC emergency signal is a Mayday and cannot be used on a Pan Pan.
In the examples you give you have called a PAN PAN but confirmed that there is no need for external assistance.
In reality most PAN PAN's include a request for external assistance, or an uncertainty about the situation.
My belief is based on seeing/discussing local Marine Rescue response plans. I will seek clarification and let you know.