Unnecessary radio traffic hampered rescue

The refusal of nearby sailors to maintain radio silence on VHF channel 16 slowed an operation to rescue an injured sailor aboard a yacht near the Isle of Wight. 

From Sail-World.com:

Mike Greiner, Duty Watch Manager at Solent Coastguard said that the Coastguard had had to interject with the internationally recognised ‘Mayday Silence’ signal at various times to stop sailors from chatting on the emergency radio channel, in order that broadcast silence be maintained.

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By Ocean Navigator