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Len & Lisa Rorke -North Atlantic Survival
Name: Len & Lisa RorkeProduct Name: ACR 2848 Category II GlobalFix iPRO 406 GPSDate of Rescue: 04/25/2014Saved By: US Coast Guard & LPG Tanker Tilda Kosan
Beacon Purchased From: ACR / ARTEX - ACR Electronics, Inc.Lives Saved: 3 people and a dog
On 25 April 2014, after 13 days at sea, having been pounded for
two days by gale force winds and high seas and breaking waves, we
were forced to abandon our sinking sailboat and take to a life
Our sailboat had been our home since 1 August 2013 and from our
precarious position in the life raft, in stormy darkness, we
watched our sailboat and home sink beneath the waves and disappear
on a cold journey to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Everything we had went down with it. In a matter of moments we (Len
and Lisa), our crew member and our beloved little Jack Russell
Terrier, Dexter, were continuing our fight for life in a tiny life
raft. We were being thrown around and battered by an angry sea.
Alone and 950 nautical miles from nearest land, the pitch darkness,
huge breaking seas and driving rain had engulfed us, reducing
visibility to near zero.
Without exaggeration this was a scary and lonely place to be.
Unbeknown to us, 13 Brave men had diverted their LPG Tanker from 32
nautical miles away and were making headway towards our GPS
distress signal. Blown and driven by heavy seas and high winds we
were drifting rapidly away from our signaled position. The US Coast
Guard and these 13 brave men were outstanding! With a sense of
urgency they worked together at a frantic rate to find us. Their
coordinated efforts, dogged determination and bravery were
instrumental in saving our lives. We will forever be indebted to
these brave men and the US Coast Guard, who coordinated the rescue
that saved our lives. We have been given a 2nd chance at life and
for that we thank everyone involved.
The US Coast Guard
Compass Blog link can be read here
WITHOUT ANY DOUBT WE OWE OUR LIVES TO OUR EPIRB! It worked
flawlessly and had been properly registered with the US Coast
Guard. THIS EPIRB WAS A FREE REPLACEMENT BY ACR ELECTRONICS IN FORT
LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA. OUR FIRST EPIRB
ALSO SAVED OUR LIVES IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA IN 2013 WHEN WE LOST A
RUDDER 72 NAUTICAL MILES FROM LAND!
Thank you so much to each and every employee at ACR Electronics. Your dedication to providing a quality product that works flawlessly is without a doubt ultimately what contributed to saving our lives. As 2-time survivors we can tell you without a question of doubt that our EPIRB is what saved us on both occasions.
As 2-time survivors we needed the following:
1. A correctly registered EPIRB.
2. Correct usage of our EPIRB.
3. Your dedication to producing a quality product.
4. Finally, we needed all of the aforementioned working together to provide us with a lot of luck.
The world famous South African golfer, Gary Player, once said ..."The harder I try the luckier I get".
Your hard work in manufacturing our EPIRB and our hard work using it and fighting for our lives brought us that luck!
Please stand proud and accept our heartfelt gratitude!
Len & Lisa Rorke
Additional News Coverage:
The Royal Gazette
The Daily Mail Online
Unfortunately Len and Lisa Rorke lost everything in this
disaster, you can help them by visiting their GoFundMe.com
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