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Old 08-09-2015, 04:39 PM   #6
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Yes, where they were an EPIRB is mandatory safety equipment. I am a bit surprised it wasn't registered as you can do that online and its free, and registration is a requirement not an option. But they did only own that boat for one day so perhaps registering the EPIRB was to be done on day two or three.

On looking at the safety requirements, a VHF radio (or any radio) is not required. For VHF, you need an operator's licence. The exam is not difficult but having to go through the process deters many from getting VHF. Instead a lot of folks use 27MHz or CB radios, and the volunteer rescue folks normally monitor those and log people's trips if they wish.

One of the rescue crew was quoted as saying "Wind was picking up and the sea was moderately rough when the men were rescued in the popular boating area about 20 nautical miles northeast of Cape Moreton." “It’s a fair way out for a boat that size,”he said. Indeed.

They had left the previous afternoon and been fishing all night, and were drift fishing just prior to the 'freak wave' that swamped them just after they had restarted the engine to reposition the boat for another drift run. Winds were forecast as below 10 kn, but with some short periods up to 15 kn.
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