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Old 31 August 2015, 05:03   #11
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A what?
TSM breaks eyerything. An automatic stone makes more sense...
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Old 31 August 2015, 05:03   #12
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Autocorrect special!

should say STROBE

like this:

Lifejacket Light Uml Sea Flash Water Activated
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Old 31 August 2015, 05:19   #13
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I thought it was some clever new gizmo I'd not heard of
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Old 31 August 2015, 05:35   #14
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... PLB a must,
Has Ribbing become more dangerous than ten yrs ago (when only the most serious cruises/adventures would consider a PLB)? I've not dug into any detail but it's quite likely the outcome would have been similar with a PLB, albeit resolved quicker; but more traditional tools like a light, a handheld vhf, or a more proactive shore contact might all have achieved the same.

I wonder whether our obsession with electronic tools to get us out of bother makes us complacent about the basic seamanship in the first place.

I can see scenarios where a PLB won't help, (e.g. wearer incapacitated, broken/lost on Impact, simply forgotten or left on wrong jacket inside the boat). Does the shore contact assume for longer that all must be OK if you haven't called the cavalry yourself?

I think PLBs are incredibly useful tools and when it next comes to splashing out on more pyros it might be a serious consideration BUT I don't think I would consider it a *must* have for most leisure boating, the way most of us would with life jackets or kill cords.

If we tell ourselves that the outcome would have been better for ourselves because of our extra gadgets we are probably missing the opportunity to learn from not ending up with ten unexpected swimmers in the first place.

All IMHO of course.
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Speaking of magic glow stones has anyone any experience of these?

https://www.spinlock.co.uk/en/catego...dw-py-slash-l1

I like the idea of the light being held above head height. It should improve the lights visibility and help preserve the wearers night vision.
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Such a shame that the alert was risen earlier as the rescue service are superb, there was a false alarm/ mix up recently near my local pier and within 15 mins there was one rescue rib on scene and another being trailered to the location, rescue helicopter 115 arrived 10 mins later and operation wasn't stood down until they were satisfied that everything was ok, rip
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I've not dug into any detail but it's quite likely the outcome would have been similar with a PLB, albeit resolved quicker;
Why have you reached that conclusion? PLB activated instantly, message to Falmouth within 10minutes, position (assuming modern kit) in 30minutes. Lifeboat in that area probably on scene with chopper in 30-45minutes. I fancy MY chances in the Irish Sea for 90minutes. Not sure I fancy them for 5hours.
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but more traditional tools like a light, a handheld vhf, or a more proactive shore contact might all have achieved the same.
Light based on willk's 5 boats per day somewhat doubtful. Sounds like locating casualties once reported overdue may not have taken that long. Handheld VHF - completely agree but bear in mind the location signal may be an issue. In the Solent... No problem. But this is remote territory.

I doubt its got more dangerous, but PLBs have become more affordable. You'd think with modern tech of mobiles, text etc shore contacts would be more reliable but I doubt they have. I'd be interested to know how often shore contacts report people overdue. I rarely hear a VHF message about an overdue boat...
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Old 31 August 2015, 13:29   #19
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Why have you reached that conclusion? PLB activated instantly, message to Falmouth within 10minutes, position (assuming modern kit) in 30minutes. Lifeboat in that area probably on scene with chopper in 30-45minutes. I fancy MY chances in the Irish Sea for 90minutes. Not sure I fancy them for 5hours.
Actually the rudimentary statistics suggest 90% of people survive that long, dressed like that in the conditions they were in! As I said I haven't done any digging, and speculating on the cause of death is pointless, unhelpful and rather crude, but it may well be that cold water shock rather than hypothermia was the issue. Even then survival times in the (relatively warm!) southern Irish Sea are probably 1-6 hrs in the water unless wearing protective clothing. All sorts of factors like build, age, movement in the water impact this hence the range.

Your 90 minutes only gets rescuers in the right area (all going to plan, and assuming you are actually pretty close to their base). It doesn't mean you are found, and PLBs can only transmit effectively when you are fit and well enough to hold them above the water, and if your group are "separated" then the rescuers aren't necessarily brought to those most in need first.

Your expectation of surviving goes some way to making my point.
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Your expectation of surviving goes some way to making my point.
Does it? In that case I'm not sure you've made your point very well coz I really don't get what you are trying to say? Your point seemed to be that PLB had become overly popular and encouraged risk taking. And that a well trained shore contact was possibly as useful as it didn't breed complacency.
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Actually the rudimentary statistics suggest 90% of people survive that long, dressed like that in the conditions they were in!
You'd be the FIRST person to challenge those stats if someone else quoted them to me.
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As I said I haven't done any digging, and speculating on the cause of death is pointless, unhelpful and rather crude, but it may well be that cold water shock rather than hypothermia was the issue.
In which case virtually no means of requesting help would make any difference, short of a second boat on your side ready to fish you out the water...

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Even then survival times in the (relatively warm!) southern Irish Sea are probably 1-6 hrs in the water unless wearing protective clothing.
So 90 minutes is reasonable, 5 hours may be stretching things.

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All sorts of factors like build, age, movement in the water impact this hence the range.
And we do know the chap who didn't make it was in his 70s.

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Your 90 minutes only gets rescuers in the right area (all going to plan, and assuming you are actually pretty close to their base).
So - if you go here: Britain’s Next Search-and-Rescue Helicopters: Civilian Contractors you can see that the absolute maximum distance from any UK SAR Base (I know this incident was in Ireland - I can't instantly find their distribution but they have at least two bases and a fairly small island) is 250nm. Most of the time that takes you to extreme locations where even you would think a PLB on a RIB might make sense... Average response times of the new bases are intended to be 19minutes. The S-92 (with the 250nm range) has a cruising speed of 151knots so can reach the limit of its range in just over an hour and a half.

Most AWB have a speed of up to 25kts, (A75/85 over 30kts) and average launch is 10 minutes. Good chance they will be with me in my timescales.

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It doesn't mean you are found, and PLBs can only transmit effectively when you are fit and well enough to hold them above the water, and if your group are "separated" then the rescuers aren't necessarily brought to those most in need first.
Yip - get all that. Although in this case it didn't read like a protracted search. But if you don't have a PLB consider this case:

You set out at 10am with a plan to return to base at 18:00, shore contact told to raise alarm if you haven't made contact by 19:00. Shore contact does exactly as you instructed and calls at 19:01. But you ended up in the water at 11:00... ...tell me you wouldn't want a PLB in your pocket. Your torch is great - if someone is passing. Your flares are as much use as your torch and probably not in your pocket.

Your VHF is great if there is someone near enough to hear you shout for help. There was a guy posted on ybw's motorboat forum the other day having broken down mid shipping channel in the Solent. He was unable to raise VTS by VHF. VTS has good coverage to ships several miles out so surprising. He was able to raise Solent CG - no surprise. But there are plenty of places up the West Coast of Scotland you'd expect to struggle to get Stornoway/Belfast on a handheld.

So you might be right - people may be less cautious because they know they have a magic button in the their pocket. **BUT** if it all goes t1t$ up will you not wish you'd got your button in your pocket?
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