It Can't Be Anything of MINE!
Editor's Note: stories such as this are all too common in the CAP SAR business. ELTs have an uncanny ability to turn up in very strange places: the inside of a delivery truck, a train boxcar, or even at the dump are not unheard of places to find an ELT. While these stories are humorous, they tend to highlight the fact that the general public has little (if any) idea of CAP's search and rescue mission. Take a little time at the opportunity to make good public relations while on these "urban" searches. People will be more likely to help a friendly person in uniform than a gruff one. Remember, too, that many people will emphatically deny that they possess an ELT or EPIRB--it may be up to you to competently DF the signal and politely prove them wrong!
Questions soon determined that the house behind his was occupied by a serious boater, so we thought maybe it might be an EPIRB. We asked permission to traverse his back yard. As we were walking past the first guy's carport when one of my team pointed into the garage and asked, "isn't that an airplane?" Sure enough, a disasembled Tripacer was covered with a tarp. The homeowner admitted it was his, but denied it had an ELT until we found where his son's Motorcycle handbars had punched a hole in the fabric, exposing and activating an ELT whose battery was three years out of date.
This story submitted by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Croghan of Nevada Wing
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