Got out in holyhead bay on saturday for the first time this year, blowing the cobwebs away and jumping some rather large waves
next minute the DSC alarm goes off so we stayed where we were to monitor any developments. holyhead coastguard made numerous attempts to make contact with the vessel which they believed to be a 32ton fishing boat. various boats and mobile coastguard patrols were tasked with scanning the horizon for any sign of said fishing boat. next minute, a member of the public called 999 and reported seeing red flares off south stack. trearddur bay lifeboat then located 'a small boat which had taken a huge wave and sustained damage'. it seems all crew were ok and the boat was escorted home. the coastguard were confident that the small boat was the one that sent out the dsc alert.
my own theory on this (that is all it is) is that the small boat was probably fitted with a second hand radio which hadnt been reset and new mmsi programmed in. this of course caused a lot of confusion at a time when time cannot be wasted.
ebay is full of used radios, so makes me wonder how many other radios are fitted in boats they dont belong to with the operator thinking 'oh it will be ok'. maybe manufacturers should rethink the idea of how radios are reset?