At least they would if there was an actual emergency.
“Thankfully, it wasn’t an actual emergency,” Gigliette said. “It’s very good to know these EPIRBs work and the importance of registering it in your vessel’s name.”
During my summer TAD on USCGC Diligence when I was a much younger warthog, I remember one of the Chief Petty Officers on Dilly saying the line “EPIRBs save lives” to a tour group that was onboard the cutter at the time.
In case you’re wondering, EPIRB stands for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. It’s most common use with which I am familiar is an emergency signaling device in a maritime emergency. As you can see from the article, the Coast Guard is quite diligent in tracking EPIRBs when they receive a signal.
I have no sarcasm for this post, but if you own a boat that you take out on either of the oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Great Lakes, invest in an EPIRB. “Better to have it and not need it…”