Originally Posted by Maximus
My thinking too!..We all know how, unforgiving the Sea can be...and how easy things can..(and do) go Tit's Up!
This is WHY you buy,and learn to USE the Right Kit, very may well have been a different outcome without it.With all the negative tragic stories of late...Well done Fella I say!
Fully agree with you, I think MR has set the standard kit now, especially for those that occasionally rib alone, so it seems the EPIRB and the drysuit and ?gecko helmet, are what saved him, I put ? by the Gecko because it makes me wonder if he could have managed without it. but he does say it kept his head warm, which is essencial if many hours are to be spent helplessly drifting, the gecko could have saved head injury/concussion as well I suppose.
What does suprise and concern me is the time taken for the emergency message to be recieved, with todays techno I would have thought that epirb MOB message would be recieved within 10 min, services actived within 20 min, would be interesting to know if his HH/VHF had servived, would he have been located sooner, or would the vhf range be to impaired at sea level to get a M-D through. can't always rely on others keeping a radio watch to relay a message either, so the epirb is a fantastic life saving piece of kit, but just needs tweeking to get the message through quicker IMHO.
The Sea can indeed be unpredictable and unforgiving nowhere less than the ST Georges channel, where fast currents and deep reefs can exaggerate the situation, I know of these "Mother of holes" that MR mentioned, I've asked the council to fill them in and still waiting for a reply.
Yes I'd say well done to the fella too.