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This is purely hypothetical:
I'm 100 miles off-shore, in a perfectly outfitted boat that is in perfect condition, with an expertly trained, experienced crew of 3 people. A freak gale pops up out of nowhere, no warning, as we have been monitoring our weather reports constantly. Suddenly we crash into a submerged cargo container at the exact moment a lightning bolt strikes our mast and brings down our rigging. Our hull is breached from the cargo container and a pod of whales is compounding the damage by ramming us repeatedly. We decide to abandon ship on our perfectly provisioned life-raft. We have food, water, satellite phone, VHF, Epirbs, first aid kit and an i-pod. We radioed a pan-pan to let anyone know our predicament. We feel relatively safe in our life-boat despite 30ft. seas and 60mph winds.
Do we activate our epirbs immediately or do we wait until conditions to calm down so that SAR do not have to be deployed in extreme and dangerous conditions?
You should have put out a mayday when your vessel was going to be lost not a Pan Pan. And yes you do acitivate your epirb when you decided to leave the vessel. You can call the SAR folks (USCG in this case) and advise them of your condition after deploying and boarding the liferaft. You job is not to run the SAR.. let them decide what conditions they can launch in.. that is their business. Your only job is to look after your people and give the SAR folks all the information they need.
"It's not just about the vessel... more importantly it is about the people, their safety and their vessels in that order. "(PFJ 1952-1986)
Last edited by JHJensen; 12-13-2008 at 08:17 PM.