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Old 11-22-2011
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Back to the OP...manually setting off an EPIRB is the same as calling a MAYDAY. If you recall your VHF radio training, a MAYDAY is only called when there is immediate danger of losing the vessel (i.e. sinking) or immediate risk of loss of life (eg MOB). You are not supposed to call a MAYDAY or trip an EPIRP because "I have had enough and I want to go home now". The only way you want to abandon your vessel at sea is by stepping UP into the liferaft.
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