The recall of devices used to pinpoint the location of vessels in trouble is a worrying development and confirms suspicions that some vessels have gone out to sea with faulty equipment and there can no longer be any room for doubt that lives were put at risk.
The challenges facing fishermen on a daily basis are bad enough without the added danger of going to sea with faulty radio beacons on board.
What this means is that people going to the rescue of a boat in trouble would effectively be blind to where it might or might not be.
According to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, 662 boats in Ireland could be carrying faulty equipment.
With lives at stake, the sooner they are recalled and replaced the better.
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