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Old 30 September 2012, 16:02   #1
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Epirb/PLB proving its worth

Was working on the Rib at home today when I heard Brixham coastguard relay a mayday from an activated PLB, coordinates fed into my plotter gave it pretty much due south of Polperro, sadly I wasn't in a position to do much but there was a yacht nearby who actually knew the yacht in question and its owner, they knew that he was single crewed and that his PLB was physically attached to him -

BBC News - RNAS Culdrose helicopter winches man from sea off Looe
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Old 30 September 2012, 16:05   #2
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Nice catch!

This is why I wear mine, on a lanyard, all the time when I'm boating. PLB's do work, Everyone will be sent and they will find you...
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Old 30 September 2012, 16:16   #3
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This is why I wear mine, on a lanyard, all the time when I'm boating. PLB's do work, Everyone will be sent and they will find you...


Likewise - always on me - some I know think its overkill. My thinking is I can still need it even if only a few hundred yards from the beach. If I ever need help I'm going to set off anything I can get my hands on.
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Epirb/PLB proving its worth

I read the above and thought " What the hell has he gone a done now?!"
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I read the above and thought " What the hell has he gone a done now?!"
You too?
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Old 30 September 2012, 17:41   #6
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You too?
Oh ye of little faith, last week was my only breakdown and tow
(apart from yesterday when I did both, again ) I'll update the breakdown at sea story or I'll be hijacking my own thread!
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I read the above and thought " What the hell has he gone a done now?!"


I have been meaning to get one for ages. I will have to mean a bit harder I think. So, what is everybody's preferred yellow pocket sized helicopter whistle?
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Old 01 October 2012, 05:14   #8
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Fastfind 220 is the last version which come only with GPS

PLB without GPS is pretty useless for coastal use.

In January Ofcom relaxed the use of PLB's on land, it's now legal to use these in UK land!
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Old 01 October 2012, 07:48   #10
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+1 .(with GPS)..and is used by others I know ( professionally) ..there was an epic bulk buy thread a few years ago .......
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