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Old 11-15-2011
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To answer the question “what would I do?” I would bill the owner of the offending boat for the false alarm distress call and I would even consider criminal charges. If the skipper wanted to calm everybody’s nerves, why didn’t they make a call on their SSB or SAT phone? At least the tax payers wouldn’t be stuck with a $100k bill for the C130. The other little flaw is once the EPIRB signal is identified as a false alarm, it stops being tracked. So if they had a real emergency later on, they would be Sierra Oscar Lima.
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