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    Posted: 05/November/2017 at 14:26

Morse Code prevents yacht grounding

Yachting Monthly reports the use of Morse Code and an Aldis lamp by a National Coastwatch Institute (NCI) watchkeeper has been credited with averting a possible grounding off The Lizard in Cornwall 

Bass Point NCI watchkeeper Simon Sugrue saw that a yacht was heading towards the Dales rocks, which are submerged at high tide.

The yacht was not carrying an Automatic Identification System (AIS) beacon, and Sugrue was unable to raise the yacht’s crew on VHF to warn them of the hazard they were approaching.

Instead, the NCI watchkeeper flashed the letter U – the Morse code warning for “you are standing into danger” – using the station’s old but highly effective Aldis lamp.

Having come within ten boat lengths of the rocks, the yacht was then observed to alter course southwards shortly afterwards and continue safely on its passage to Falmouth.

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