EPIRBs - Who's comin'?
Poke around the COSPAS-SARSAT website and you will find nice diagrams of the system and an explanation of how it works. EPIRB goes off, satellites pick up the signal and relay it to "Mission Control Centers", "Rescue Coordination Centers", or "Search and Rescue Points of Contacts" who will arrange to have your soggy butt pulled from the drink.
That's all well and fine and good for those nestled in the motherly embrace of the USCG or similarly well-trained and equipped rescue armadas. We know it's them who're coming. But what about out there in the middle of the Deep Blue or off the coasts of some of the less enlightened bits on the political map? Who's going to come pick you up out there? A warship? A passing tanker? A couple of local saints in a fishing boat?
Thanks in advance!