Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Updates

 

Well, it’s just been too darn long since my last post, and I apologize! A member of my family who lives here in the same town has needed some help and it’s taken a huge chunk of time. Add to that the fact that my computer just up and died over a week ago. I was fortunate in that it was a bad power supply and not very expensive to fix. After sitting in the shop for a week it is back up and running. Now, I’d like to give an update on a few items.

Woody, the sailor in a previous entry, says there are two different magazines interested in his story. Woody sent me the story he wrote himself and I must say it will make for good reading if it gets published. There are two different magazines he is talking to. If it gets into print, I will let you all know here.

A lot of you wanted to know if the Coast Guard ever found the EPIRB signal I wrote about in my "Victory at Sea" entry. No, they did not. That same helicopter did, however, rescue two men that same day whose boat had sunk offshore. These two were interviewed the next morning on the "Today Show."

It is not that unusual for the Coast Guard not to find the source of the EPIRB signal. These devices sometimes go off by themselves if they are bumped or dropped accidentally. When the owners find them on they will turn them off and not report to the Coast Guard that the signal belonged to them. I think, sometimes, they don’t report it because of a fear of a huge time delay once they call it in. Also, there are big fines for setting these signals off when there is no emergency.

Once an EPIRB signal goes off, the Coast Guard MUST search for the source of the signal. They have to keep looking even after the signal disappears if they have not yet identified the source of that signal. Most of the EPIRB signals float. If it has been set off and floating, the Coasties almost always find it. If the signal stops, the unit has been turned off, or theboat it is attached to has sunk and pulled it under the water. The signal can no longer be picked up once the device goes underwater.

There were no reports that day or the next of any vessels missing in our area. I would say it is a good bet that a passing boat realized that their signal had been activated, turned it off, and kept right on going. It happens!

The photo that appears at the top of this entry is one I snapped while out on the water a few weeks ago. It bears no significance to this entry other than I thought it was interesting and decided to share it with you.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have Emailed me or left comments expressing concern over my absence.

16 comments:

judithheartsong said...

big hugs your way my friend.... so glad to see you back :):):) judi

yakima127 said...

Great to hear from you, again!  JAE

joolsinwa said...

great to see you back, yes "real" life sometimes gets in the way huh??
Julie~ http://journals.aol.com/joolsinwa/randommusingsofmymind

childebrand1968 said...

Thought maybe we'd scared you off!  Good to see you back again, Sam :)

Hope all is settled down so we can read you more regularly....

Have a great day!

Cat

blondepennierae said...

'It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood."  Sam is back.  Glad the computer is back in good health and we get to read you again.  Pennie

sanforized6 said...

Welcome back Sam!! I wondered where you had gone. Hope everything turned out OK for your family member. Keep us land locked types uptodate on life on the waterfront!! LOL rich

pixiedustnme said...

Glad you're back :-)

csandhollow said...

So glad you are back! Thought my picture had scared you away!

candace636 said...

Welcome back.  I'm hoping your right about the signal. : )
Candace

nyuknyukpik2 said...

Yipppeeee-you're back!!!!!

fitzzer said...

Welcome back - I was wondering where you were!
Your entry is so interesting, I don't know much of anything about the coast guard and such, so it's great fun for me to read about it. And as I said before, I love the water, so "tales" about it are always enjoyable. Take care. ~ Lori

mutualaide said...

Glad you have a little more time on your hands and a computer that's up and running!  

rivercitygirl1 said...

Hey!!  Welcome back.  I was wondering what happened to you.  Thanks for the updates.  :)
Tami

mcjerseygiri said...

Glad to see you are back. I had wondered about that signal myself. I used to chat in an AOL chatroom with a man who was part of the Coast Guard. It was very interesting. Glad your computer problem was minor and easily repaired. Nelle

cherokeedream40 said...

(((((((((((SAM))))))))))) glad you are back my friend.........you have been truely missed........hope all is well with you and your loved ones take care and see you soon


Tanena

stupidsheetguy said...

Well, well, glad to have you back aboard! Glad it worked out cheaply enough for ya!

Thanks for the follow-up on that signal story, and let us know if Woody gets published, and where, ok?

Jimmy