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Old 18 December 2011, 16:43   #71
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Maxi - get yourself a PLB! The helos can DF you with the 121.5 Mhz signal. A smoke in hand is no harm, but the PLB is the weapon of choice...

Did one of your diver buddies have a bust arm seal? I think I remember that one...
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the PLB is the weapon of choice...
One more for that - plus GPS
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Maxi - get yourself a PLB! The helos can DF you with the 121.5 Mhz signal. A smoke in hand is no harm, but the PLB is the weapon of choice...

Did one of your diver buddies have a bust arm seal? I think I remember that one...
I agree, and a new PLB is on the list for new boat kit,just like the thought of pocket sized back up, along with mini flares!-Yep The guy's were ok apart from Andy who's zip seal was faulty.Not from the cold,but lack of Bouyancey as his suit slowly filled.
The RNLI who computed where they SHOULD be, were looking completely in the wrong location,and the day was only saved by our regular dive charter skipper,John Walker ''Miss Pattie'' who relied on his intimate local knollege of the tides and went off on his own to find them,and did!
A bit of an insight is that apart from the fatigue they reckon they could have lasted alot longer if needed,and that they could SEE the rescue operation for most of thr time,with no way of signaling.
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Laser Flare is good for guiding in help, buy a H/H radio, then PLB then Laser Flare.

This is non bias advice from a very bias source.

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Yep The guy's were ok apart from Andy who's zip seal was faulty
Yes, I remember them - they did an article in DIVER mag. I often think about that case.

My coastie contact never asks me if I'm packing flares on any of my escapades. He ALWAYS says "Bring that feckin' PLB and we'll come get you.."

I was listening to a MAYDAY recently where the entire crew of a crabber had to jump ship 15Nm north Malin. The CG were repeatedly asking them to bring/deploy their EPIRB, which they did not do (as far as I could tell). The helo had to fall back to asking them to do VHF countdowns to locate them, alongside flare deployments.

PLB in my pocket, flares in the Emergency Box.
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[QUOTE=SPR;434564]Laser Flare is good for guiding in help, buy a H/H radio, then PLB then Laser Flare.

This is non bias advice from a very bias source.

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PS If you buy any one buys a Rescue Laser Flare, I will give you free pouch with it! just pm or email me . you might guess I am the UK importer Greatland Rescue Lasers....[/QU
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Yes, I remember them - they did an article in DIVER mag. I often think about that case.

My coastie contact never asks me if I'm packing flares on any of my escapades. He ALWAYS says "Bring that feckin' PLB and we'll come get you.."

I was listening to a MAYDAY recently where the entire crew of a crabber had to jump ship 15Nm north Malin. The CG were repeatedly asking them to bring/deploy their EPIRB, which they did not do (as far as I could tell). The helo had to fall back to asking them to do VHF countdowns to locate them, alongside flare deployments.

PLB in my pocket, flares in the Emergency Box.
Pretty good advice! I'm just a bit of a ''Belt and Braces'' man when it comes to safety and in my experience most exits from Ribs are often fast and violent.
The same guy who was coxing the Ilfated Lyme bay escapade once dumped me and the rest of the crew from our club RIB after stuffing it (not driveing to the conditions) on the way back from a dive outside Plymouth sound.
I was the last one he picked up....gave me time to cool down...a bit
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The RNLI who computed where they SHOULD be.
Just to clarify that it is the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) who use an intregated SAR software system called SARIS as a search planning tool and not the RNLI.

This link gives a very good summary of the RNLI rescue process

The rescue process of RNLI lifeboats
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So now we are past the 'big day', what did everyone get ?

Me - new tool box ( everything fits ! )
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