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#flares – US marine writer Joan Wenner saw Afloat.ie's story on the RYA's position on distress flares. Flares have outlived their usefulness in an age of modern water safety technology, says theRoyal Yachting Association - which is urging British authorities to drop the requirement for flares on yachts larger than 13.7 metres.
Wenner ran the story by the owner and president of Landfall Navigation, Inc., Stamford, Connecticut, USA, a noted expert on the subject, for a possible story for a US publication.
Captain Henry Marx, (a former U.S. Navy submariner and mariner with over 50 years of marine experience including blue water racing off Southern Norwegian Coast and Caribbean), gave the following comment:
"First, I do not agree with the RYA on this, especially for vessels under 65 ft. For the well crewed offshore race boat maybe --but how many Bayliner owners have their DSC hooked up - assuming they know what it is? Flares are simple and they work.
Many rescues are effected by "the boat over there" who is probably not monitoring his any radio, and remember, none of us have electronics that enbale us to hear and locate EPIRBs/PLBs -- you have to call the U.S. Coast Guard SAR Center and ask for the location of your PLB Man Overboard! Second, the U.S.oast guard is particularly resistant to other opinion about safety gear. Now there are some "Electronic Flares" appearing on the market - and they could be interesting - but until USCG Approved - do not count for U.S. flagged vessels"
Joan Wenner, J.D. is a longtime USA marine writer. She contacted Captain Henry Marx for his comments.
#Flares - Distress flares have outlived their usefulness in an age of modern water safety technology, says the Royal Yachting Association - which is urging British authorities to drop the requirement for flares on yachts larger than 13.7 metres.
On her Yachting World blog, Elaine Bunting highlights quotes from the RYA's cruising manager Stuart Carruthers who argues that the need for flares is negated by "EPIRBs, personal locator beacons, and VHF DSC that will do the job automatically".
He adds: "If you are not carrying another electronic device [aside from flares] then you'd be barking mad, because that's the way the management of search and rescue has gone."
Carruthers also points out that an omnidirectional laser flare works out as better value than an offshore flare pack, and performs a better job of helping to pinpoint your location in a rescue effort.
The RYA is now pushing for the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to review its safety requirements for craft over 13.7m, which make compulsory the carriage of parachute flares - which are illegal if the operator has not undergone training, though there is currently no training available for yachtsmen.
Yachting World has much more on the story HERE.
#RNLI – Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat was tasked at 7.30pm on 6 January to a report of a red distress flare being reported by the control tower at Cork airport. A compass bearing was given which put the incident in the vicinity of the mouth of Cork harbour.
The Atlantic 75 class lifeboat 'Miss Betty" with Alan Venner in command along with fellow volunteers Ian Venner and Vince Fleming searched a large area in seas of 2 metres high between Ringabella and Roches Point. Crosshaven and Guileen Coast Guard units were also tasked to carry out shoreline searches from Roberts Cove in the West to Trabolgan in the East.
All commercial and fishing vessels in the locality were contacted and asked to assist with Radar sweeps of the area. After an intensive search lasting well over 2 hours the lifeboat returned to Station.
Commenting on the incident, Ray Heffernan, Volunteer lifeboat launching authority, believed the dreaded Magic Lanterns were once again to blame. He said " between the RNLI crews on the lifeboat and those manning the station, and the two Coast Guard units searching the shoreline, up to 60 volunteers have had their evening disrupted by the people who wantonly let off these lanterns with no regard for the consequences. Until we are absolutely satisfied that no persons are in danger , we have to keep the search up".
The RNLI Lifeboat in Clifden, Co. Galway has issued a plea over a series of call outs due to the irresponsible use of flares at the weekend. Flares were spotted off Roundstone which led to an extensive search mission in the area. It is the latest in a series of flare sightings in the area. Sources believe the cause of the problem may be expired flares let off from land.
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