Why Does the Coast Guard Use a Vector Search Pattern for Search & Rescue?

In this fascinating episode of Smarter Every Day, Destin does a deep dive (so to speak) into the search patterns that the US Coast Guard employs for search and rescue operations.

As Destin points out, finding things on the water can be incredibly difficult. Objects (and people) drift. The Coast Guard has developed ingenious ways of calculating this drift and employing search patterns that make sure the largest area of water can be examined in the quickest amount of time.

Oh, and the video will also teach you how to do a very loud Coast Guard whistle.


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