How can I be a bit 'of time today I was listening on the marine VHF CH16. ICOM IC700 and external antenna. Pass the usual communications to and from the local Compamare when at some point I get a MAYDAY. I turn up the volume and concentrate. Sailing boat, Swiss, off of San Vito Lo Capo. A female voice with a strong German accent in her Italian launches mayday giving location and problem. Embarks water and no longer governs the ship. All systems are SHOUT DOWN except radio evidently it goes with its own battery. Responds Compamare Palermo passing control to Palermo Radio which in turn passes the contact to Locamare Castellammare del Golfo. Good, fast and professional calmly, while the woman manifests obvious agitation, maintain control of the situation. They leave quickly and reach them by bringing safe in the dock. Although 28-year wear another uniform adore the Coast Guard. Especially for the endless and endless collaborations with them in Lampedusa during my missions work. Guys crap believe me! Listen with what competence, without losing the typical phlegm of who knows her, they handled the emergency made me almost moved. A really nice job! I picked up the phone and I called my friend that I know is on duty to their A.C. and I brought him my compliments and congratulations. Radio! That phenomenal invention!
Source: radiomateur Rosario Roy Orlando
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