Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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They may be out of fuel, engine won't start, not a distress.
The Canadian Coast Guard escorted me across the Nahwitti Bar last month; no urgency, no distress.
Anyone who issues an pan-pan probably knows what they are doing.
ISPA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)
Last edited by jackdale; 09-14-2011 at 09:50 PM.