You realize it was a 'political' decision to do so, right?
How ironic, this sort of bowing to public pressure to "Do Something", coming so closely in the wake of the massive public 'outcry' - much of it woefully uninformed, of course - over the cost and risk involved in the REBEL HEART affair...the uscg spent 2 days looking, deploying multiple aircraft. We know they were looking in the right place. They "saturated" the search area. And yes, they are using IR in addition to visual. They concluded there was no-one alive.
They have proven in the past they are more than willing to go to almost any effort to save lives when they think there is a chance. The Bounty case is a good example, where they went out in near hurricane conditions and found one of the crew alone in the water a mile or two from the vessel. If there was new information to check here, or a new position to search, the uscg would be the first to go.
I will suggest the UK sailing community criticism of the uscg effort is not well thought out and unwarranted, and quite frankly disappointing. The suggestions that they would have searched longer for Americans and only stopped because they were Brits is insulting to the service.
But now they are being asked to fly a 1000 miles out, conduct a search pattern, and a 1000 miles back when their experience tells them there is no-one alive. And to make it worse, after several days, the "likely drift cone" to search is now very big. If they were not found in the first 2 days, it is 10 times less likely now. They will do their professional best in this renewed search, but it has only been ordered for "political theater", and I truly hope they do not have a plane go down or an accident happen during it.
I don't know when the yachting community started expecting SAR airplane search patterns 1000miles out at sea as due course. It was certainly not the case when I started ocean sailing. Now we are demanding they continue that 1000 mile search even when their most conservative estimates say there is no-one alive. We, as the offshore sailing community, might want to consider whether that sense of expectation has gotten out of hand.
Beneteau 40.7 Cheeki Rafiki missing Mid-Atlantic - Page 2 - Sailing Anarchy - Sailing Anarchy Forums
The hull of the missing UK yacht Cheeki Rafiki has been found in the North Atlantic ocean by a US Navy warship, the US Coast Guard has said.
A surface swimmer identified the name on the back of the boat, but was unable to go inside. The swimmer knocked on the hull but there was no response.
It is unclear whether the yacht's life raft had been deployed.
The US Coast Guard said a warship helicopter crew located the hull 1,000 miles from Massachusetts.
The warship was diverted and a boat crew sent to examine the boat.
They found the cabin of the yacht was flooded and the windows shattered. The yacht's keel was also broken, causing a breach in the hull, a spokesman added.
This is what any and every sailor needs to know.RCC Boston calculated the estimated survivability of the crew members based on their average descriptions, assuming that they were dressed in full foul weather sailing gear, immersed to the neck in water and wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). Using these criteria, the estimated functional survivability and survival times were 12.3 hours and 15.5 hours respectively.
Using similar parameters but assuming that the crew members had been submerged to the waist in water, sitting in a liferaft in heavy weather, produced estimated functional survivability and survival times of 14 hours and 21 hours respectively.
RCC Boston also calculated the probability of success (POS) of finding the following objects based on the probability of containment (POC) for the areas searched, and the probability of detection (POD) from searching those areas:
POS for a person in the water with a PFD: 6%
POS for a swamped/capsized boat: 95%
POS for an upright liferaft: 82%
POS for a capsized liferaft: 92%
Staying warm in the raft is not something that gets enough attention IMHO. The gumby survival suits, for example, will help you survive floating as a person in the water, but they're really designed to keep you warm and alive in the raft.The cause/method of this disaster (long discussion on it over on SA) is easily secondary to this bit from the report:
This is what any and every sailor needs to know.