Boat Accident Search Operation off Hawaiian Coast could have been Avoided
Just sit right back and you’ll hear, or read, a tale of a boating accident that could have been much worse. Two Hawaiian men were rescued after being adrift for days after their 24-foot boat capsized between Oahu to the Big Island. One of the two men says their rudder snapped while they were in the channel before the boat capsized. When the boat capsized, the men lost their hand-held radio and their phones were “washed out.”
The two men lost sight of land as they drifted for a day and a half. The Coast Guard sent up one of their C-130s to look for the men. After they’d searched for almost seven hours, the plane spotted a flare the men shot off. They were rescued a short time later.
However, the Coast Guard says the search could have taken a shorter time had the men been carrying an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). This emergency beacon tells rescuers exactly where to look to find those in trouble. The men had life vests and flares, but the Coast Guard says the two were extremely lucky.
In a world with all sorts of nifty gadgets to keep communication going, people assume they will be okay in all sorts of situations. GPS may help show you where you are and where you need to go, but it can’t help you get out of an accident. These two men relied on cell phones and a radio to stay in contact, but they lacked the one piece of equipment that could have saved them sooner. How many have died because they didn’t have something the Coast Guard would like all boaters to carry on board?