[QUOTE=billyruffn;457412] The French did their part -- and remember that the French SAR forces had no idea what the nature of the emergency was and so their reluctance to risk life and limb with a night rescue was probably the right call.
When in doubt, I say fly, if it is reasonably safe. At least they could have obtained a head start on getting to the point when they knew they would have had to refuel! Did you see the conditions the USCG was flying in at night in "Perfect Storm"? When I heard that the French wouldn't fly at night, I thought they had some little two person helicopter available. When I saw the helicopter, I thought-wow- thats a bird that could fly anywhere, anytime, within reason. If I activate an EPIRB, I want to know that everyone concerned is doing everything in their power to assist. If it turns out to be a false alarm...oh well, they drill on a regular basis anyway. The alternative is that people who live to save lives sat by as victims died because it was dark!
Last edited by L124C; 03-11-2009 at 05:33 AM.