A strong case for carrying a personal VHF or waterproof(ed) phone when solo. After nearly flipping a RIB a few years ago I realized my fixed 25w VHF wasn't much use if the boat was turtled so usually carry one/both of the above solo or not.
The chap below had a close one that might have been avoided if he has some form of comms on him. Great work by the public spotting him, the fishingboat responding and of course the services.
Rescuers recover Donegal fisherman clinging to lobster buoy
Volunteer lifeboat crew with Lough Swilly RNLI were involved in the dramatic rescue of a lone fisherman this afternoon.
He was found clinging to a lobster pot buoy off Tullagh beach in Clonmany, Co Donegal.
The call for help came when a mother and her son, who were out tending sheep near Tullagh beach, heard cries for help and saw a man out at sea clinging to a lobster buoy.......