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Old 14 July 2013, 11:37   #1
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The differnce the right gear makes........

Might not have been such a happy ending without the right equipment...

What value you do you put on your own life??
Cost of a lie jacket 100??
Cost of handheld VHF 100?
Cost of a flare pack 100?

= great value for money!!!!

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First rescue I've heard of in along time where a flare appeared to be the primary method of signalling distress. Will be interesting to see if that was the case.

The RYA last month reduced its recommendation to carry flares, instead saying modern tech was probably a better option and they way i read it saying flares were more useful for the last mile locating. I guess an EPIRB would have achieved the same but at 300 its maybe a tad more expensive.
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The man sent a mayday at 10:40 BST as his fishing vessel was becoming submerged. He was swept in to the sea but set off a flare, and...
Sounds like flare may have been used to locate, but the Mayday got the troops moving.

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I was out when that Mayday came over airwaves, send a chill down just thinking about it. Fisherman had a boat sinking fast and in conversation with Solent coastguard stated taking to water with lifejacket and handheld. was asked to take a flare to be located for air support they had scrambled. Think he was 12 miles south of IOW, scary moments and long wait for all OK
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So at this point how many of us would take the out of date one?
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Out of date flares?! literally just had a clear-out 5 mins ago, and checked the date, they vary from 5-10 years out of date.... time for a change methinks

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So at this point how many of us would take the out of date one?
The point of my thread was to try and persuade everyone to check their kit and replace it if necessary. The search time saved, even if only a very few minutes could literally be the difference between life and death..... 100 .... Pritty cheap methinks!!

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