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EPIRB rescues

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God forbid you are offshore fifty miles and have an emergency where you have to activate your gps epirb. It would require a Coast Guard rescue, possibly by helicopter. I read somewhere that the cost involved in a Coast Guard rescue can range around $50-60K an hour for their assistance. Does anyone know the truth of this matter and does the Coast Guard charge for an offshore rescue? Is it possible that what I read is if the situation was a false alarm? The article wasn't clear. Thanks.

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I had to get towed in from 50 miles offshore after the drivedamper connecting the engine to the transmission let go on a new diesel engine with 10 hours on it. The Coast Guard first put out a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast, but nobody responded (fortunately for me). They came out to the south side of the Dump in a 110 foot cutter and towed me into Martha's Vineyard. No charge. They were great.
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