What I read said she activated them. Which makes sense. She was reportedly
on the satellite phone and was cut off due to the mast/antenna being carried
away. Apparently an hour or so later both beacons were activated.
The knock down could NOT have activated them. These were manually
activated EPIRBS. The third one on board, which was automatic, would
not have activated unless it was at least 15 feet underwater.
The boat wasn't even swamped, much less sinking.
There is a problem with that approach. If you go missing without an
EPIRB, they will still go looking for you anyway. It just makes the
search & Rescue operation infinitely harder, and infinitely more
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