San Diego, California- A sailor suffering from life threatening diabetic seizures received a quick rescue response April 23rd when a 406 EPIRB signal was received and effectively provided GPS coordinates, directing US Coast Guard rescuers to the sailor's location 120 miles south of San Diego.
According to USCG reports, an emergency signal from an ACR Electronics GlobalFix™ 406 EPIRB was received at 3:45 p.m, sent by the crew of a 40'-sailboat when the boat owner became ill and needed medical assistance. USCG crews reached the 71-year-old man at 5:45 p.m., just two hours after receiving the distress signal.
The following is the official USCG report of the incident:
"The benefit to having the EPIRB was fast notification of a distress," said Chris Wahler, Product Line Manager for ACR Products. "There was no searching involved; the Coast Guard was able to fly the 120 miles directly to them. This is a good example of a situation where an individual is personally in distress at sea, beyond the range of normal communications, and the crew correctly goes to the one device aboard that can quickly communicate the emergency to responders and provide precise GPS coordinates for them to follow."
406 MHz EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) and PLBs transmit signals on internationally recognized distress frequencies. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) monitors the 406 MHz signal and the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System (COSPAS-SARSAT) detects and locates distress signals and forwards the information directly to the Coast Guard. GPS coordinates greatly assist search and rescue crews, and in the event GPS isn't acquired, position can be calculated through Doppler Shift as a reliable backup.
Worldwide, the Cospas-Sarsat system is credited with rescuing more than 28,000 people since the program's inception in 1982. Of that number, more than 6,500 persons were rescued in the U.S.
An EPIRB/PLB is a satellite-signalling device of last resort, for use when all other means of self-rescue have been exhausted and where the situation is deemed to be grave and imminent, and the loss of life, limb, eyesight or valuable property will occur without assistance. All beacons must be registered online at www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov following purchase.
About ACR Electronics, Inc
ACR Electronics, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of safety and survival products under the ARTEX and ACR brand names including ELTs, EPIRBs, PLBs, SART, Strobe Lights, Life Jacket Lights, Search Lights and safety accessories. The quality systems of this facility have been registered by TUV to AS9100c. 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 180 at its manufacturing facility. For more information about ACR Electronics, Inc., please go to www.acrartex.com.
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