LOL... yes, the coast guard, lifeboat service, or whatever name they do go by is a bargain.
BTW, cell phones are really less than useful in an emergency.
Cellphones are point-to-point, and only the person on the other end has any idea you're having a problem—with VHF everyone around you will know.
Cellphones are harder to locate—the coasties have pretty good RDF capability in many places for triangulating or locating a VHF broadcast.
Cellphones are limited to LOS to the nearest tower—VHF can be relayed from boat to boat and then to shore.
Modern DSC-capable VHF units will even broadcast your position, provided you have it properly connected to the GPS.
Makes finding you really simple for the good guys.
ooops, also forgive my arrogance, typical American, I realize this is an International forum and many other countries have fine life saving services in place
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