Cessna 172 emergency over Phillip Island, Victoria (Australia)

In this recording from 2003 Melbourne Centre responds to a Cessna 172 (VH-KWV) in distress over Westernport Bay near Phillip Island in Victoria (Australia).

The pilot has reported a problem relating to engine icing but had trouble communicating further details via the VHF radio.

ATC directed another aircraft (Piper VH-DTF) towards the distressed one to maintain a visual watch and to relay communications.

Have a listen to this recording and note how the communications were managed. If another aircraft wasn’t available, then how would you have handled this situation?

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