Originally Posted by Jon Brooks
Well surely this is and should be correct.
If you are a declared asset then your call outs and or tasking is direct from HMCG then you need ch0.
If you are not declared then you have no need for ch0 as you will not be tasked to job from HMCG, you maybe asked to help but not given jobs to deal with on your own without back up from a declared asset.
All vessels have a duty to assist if asked as I understand it.
The last thing you need is every man and his dog getting on ch0!!
In The Solent Channel 67 is dedicated to rescue communication , and
we work with the Coastguard on 67. Channel zero would be useful ,
as it would prevent duplication of effort if we were in the loop.
Example a recent pattern search . we were tasked by C.G to assist.
with Lifeboats on 0 and us on 67 did not help communications.
There was a recent tragedy at Lepe Country Park , we had a Rescue
Rib about 2 mins from scene , with Oxygen and Defibrillator. A First
Responder Quad with same ; but first information came from Ambulance 20 mins after Coastguard were informed by 999 call. Ambulance arrived at
wrong location next to our Quad which was looking for Toy Inflatable
with 2 dogs and 2 people drifting out to sea. Had our Operational control
had Channel zero , they could informed our Quad and Rescue Rib the