Originally Posted by Great Laker
It would be interesting to know how many of the 23,000 rescue calls to the CG were true life or death emergencies where there was no time to use a cell phone because you were going under, versus calling because the battery was low and wouldn't start the engine as it was getting dark.
There are 2,880 members on this forum. Has anyone ever pushed the red button? Has anyone chose to use the VHF or cell who had an operational DSC? Why?
When I was operations officer for the NJ Coastal region (1993-1996)...we "logged" about 3500 cases a year...out of those if 100 were life and death I would be suprised...now some may have developed into a bad situation but most were resolved because a simple radio call had good samaritans swarming all over the distress.
I think places like Alaska and more remote areas the percentage is much higher for serious distress...tourist places packed full of boats like the Eastern Seaboard from Boston to Mexico during the summer are chock-a-block full of inexperienced boaters that think if the stereo fails it's a MAYDAY.