February 28, 2013
ACR/ARTEX is pleased to share that an unnamed Boy Scout
chaperone was saved by a fellow chaperone's use of a ResQLink
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).
Ten Boy Scouts and five adults set out on seven canoes for a
68-mile trip on the Colorado River. They docked for camp at Carrizo
Campgrounds. Not long after setting up camp, one of the chaperones
became recognizably ill. It quickly became evident that assistance
from the paramedics was necessary.
Jeff Murdock, fellow Boy Scout chaperone tried various
communication devices the troop had with them; communication
devices ranging from cell phones to a marine radio to a hand radio.
All of the attempted communication methods failed. The closest cell
tower was 16 miles away.
Jeff then activated his ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).
Moments after he pushed the emergency button, his GPS position was
determined and the satellite distress signal was sent to the US Air
Force National Rescue Coordination Center with his coordinates.
Help was soon on the way. "If we didn't have that beacon, there
would have been a very different outcome. With all that emergency
equipment I had on me, it didn't matter. It's that beacon that
worked," said Jeff Murdock; San Diego, CA.
Jeff's wife (his registered contact for the PLB) was
notified by the La Paz County Sheriff's Office that the PLB was
activated. A ranger showed up on the camp site where Jeff and the
patient were present, as soon as she could. Once the ranger was
made aware of the severity of the call, she immediately requested a
helicopter for medevac. A helicopter landed soon after the call was
made and took the patient to the nearest medical facility for care.
After care and treatment, the patient was stabilized and was sent
home a couple of days later. He is safe and sound today.
ACR/ARTEX learned of Jeff's story this past week
and welcomed him to Survivor Club, this gives Jeff and all of our
survivors the opportunity to share their story. These first-hand
accounts educate fellow outdoor enthusiasts on the lifesaving
advantage of carrying a distress beacon. Read Jeff's survivor
stories and others at: www.survivorclub.com.
About ACR Electronics, Inc.
ACR designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and
survival products under the ARTEX and ACR brand names including
Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRBs), Personal Locator Beacon (PLBs),
Search and Rescue Transponder (SARTs), Strobe Lights, Life Jacket
Lights, Search Lights and safety accessories. The quality
management systems of this facility have been certified by TUV USA
to AS9100C / ISO 9001:2008. Recognized as the world leader in
safety and survival technologies, ACR and ARTEX have provided
safety equipment to the aviation and marine industries as well as
to the military since 1956. The company is headquartered in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida and employs over 180 at its manufacturing