False or unintentional alarms followed up

Electronic equipment can sometimes cause problems, especially if it includes an alarm function. Last summer the Transport Agency received a request via Stockholm Radio/Sea Assistance from a boat owner who heard a distress alarm on his VHF.
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Electronic equipment can sometimes cause problems, especially if it includes an alarm function. Last summer the Transport Agency received a request via Stockholm Radio/Sea Assistance from a boat owner who heard a distress alarm on his VHF. The boat owner had observed the position of the alarm and noted that the boat did not respond. It turned out that the boat was Finnish (the identity can be obtained through the MMSI number) and units were alerted to the current position. The boat was not found, however, since it did not have AIS among other factors. If a VHF DSC rescue alarm occurs and the boat is not found, the case may be followed up by the Transport Agency. This time the VHF in question sent out an alarm about once a year, and early this summer several times in a short period. The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, FICORA, has ordered that the unit be shut down. The probable cause of the accidental alarm was high temperature, possibly in combination with poor shielding of other electronic devices. Misuse of alarms is a criminal offence.
SFU/SFtt

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