Eckerd College Search and Rescue Crew Now Equipped with Emergency Beacons

ACR Electronics, a Drew Marine Company recently announced they are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, ACR Electronics made a commitment to participate in more philanthropic projects like donating emergency beacons to the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR). ACR has provided 20 Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) to the EC-SAR. There will be enough beacons for each responder on shift while he or she is conducting rescues in their dedicated response area of Tampa Bay, Florida.

The EC-SAR is the only college marine rescue team in the nation. "For the first time in the team's history, this past year the students of Eckerd College Search and Rescue received over 700 calls for assistance. Through ACR’s generous sponsorship, we will be able to outfit 20 life jackets with Personal Locator Beacons, enhancing the safety of our crew”, shared Ryan Dilkey, Assistant Director of Waterfront for EC-SAR.

EC-SAR college marine rescue team consists of a highly trained group of student volunteers who work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, 911 Emergency Medical Response and other similar agencies. EC-SAR received its first test of international proportions when the team was one of the first rescue units to respond to the Skyway Bridge disaster in May of 1980. Team members are trained in technical rescue, boating safety, seamanship, searching and medical response. Nichole Kalil, ACR’s Media Specialist, replied; “After hearing a couple presentations about this one of a kind program and learning how valuable this team is to Tampa Bay ACR wanted a chance to equip EC-SAR crews with the same emergency beacon technology used by the very people they may rescue".

To keep abreast of ACR Electronics 60th anniversary events please search #ACRis60 on social media or visit www.acrartex.com/company/.                 

About Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR) is a unique co-curricular program that cannot be experienced at any other educational institution in the U.S.  The team was founded in 1971 in an effort to provide safety services for the college’s water sports activities.  In 1977, EC-SAR extended its rescue services to the Tampa Bay boating community.  EC-SAR received its first test of international proportions when the team was one of the first rescue units to respond to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge disaster in May of 1980.  The program has since grown to become one of the most respected search and rescue organizations on the west coast of Florida.