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Re: Hoax distress call
What, scrap all the pre-dsc vhfs out there? I'm not throwing mine out, they work too well. And all a hozer would need to do is buy an old one at a flea market, the USCG can't ignore distress calls no matter how they come in. They've been spanked for failing to respond before.
There is in fact a rather large charter yacht of the name given, with a crew of ten and accomodations for 10 passengers in luxury staterooms. So, the unlikely "yacht with 21" in fact becomes very close to a real vessel. Trying to reach a charter broker, the reach the boat, then confirm...all take time. With a real explosion and foundering, you've still got to dispatch SAR without delay. And even then, you can't be sure if you've checked with ALL possible vessels of that name.
Is it only me that thinks a distress call coming in on VHF14 is odd though?