[QUOTE=Polwart;256173] OK good to see no one is jumping to conclusions with out most of the facts
there are several valid reasons why you would use a mobile rather than a VHF e.g.
* poor vhf reception
* CH16 busy
* radios busy between boats confirming all casualties retrieved/ok
* available responsble person not close to vhf when boat is busy with casualties and skipper is trying to retrieve people from water etc
I know the weather is appalling most of the time in scotland,which is why we abandoned our rescent trip, but you really must get out more. or move onto
some other reading material instead of vhf afloat.
I find jumping to conclusions, saves so much time.
I wonder if they had there mobiles safelly stored in a freezer bag.