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    Sea Shelter™ 3 Cat I EPIRB Bracket

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    Survivor
    Mark
    Rescued By
    Good Samaritan
    Date Of Rescue
    2013-08-05

    Lives saved

    4
    Adults

    Activity

    Fishing

    Terrain

    Ocean

    Issue

    Mechanical Failure

    What happened?

     

    Our story begins 25 years ago when we first started commercial fishing. We have always believed in safety gear, including an EPIRB, long before they were required by the U.S. Coast Guard. The reason for that became apparent on August 5th, 2013 when we had a massive engine room explosion. We are not sure of the cause, but we suspect a diesel fuel leak in the return line right where that line came out of the block on the main, an 8-71. This fuel leak caused the main to run away and explode. That explosion caused a refrigeration bottle to explode. This final explosion blew the entire side of the house off and 1/3 of the hull from just below the waterline to the top of the cap rail on the aft port side. There was no pump on the boat that would keep up with that kind of destruction. 


    We put on our survival suit, made the mayday call and got in the water. The boat went down fairly quickly to where the house was flooded. It was an aft house. When the fish hold finally filled, it did not take long to go under. The life raft deployed and the EPIRB came to the surface. Rick Goche on the Peso ll heard our call and came running. We had been fishing together for the past 7 days catching albacore tuna. We were hauled aboard his boat and watched ours sink below the surface. One of our two cats, Topaz came swimming out away from the debris field when the boat was half sunk and we were able to get over to her and I scooped her up. Jasper the other cat stayed right on the bow till the boat went down. We were able to get over to him and I was able to get him picked up as well. The EPIRB did get a signal off and had we needed that it was sure good to know it was there and it worked.


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    Words of Wisdom

     
    One of our two cats, Topaz came swimming out away from the debris field when the boat was half sunk and we were able to get over to her and I scooped her up. Jasper the other cat stayed right on the bow till the boat went down. We were able to get over to him and I was able to get him picked up as well.

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    Thank you ACR!

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    Sea Shelter™ 3 Cat I EPIRB Bracket

    9501

    Category I Automatic Deployment Bracket for EPIRBs

    Harsh conditions don’t stand a chance against the Sea Shelter™ 3 Cat I. This EPIRB bracket is fully enclosed, which provides protection during even your wildest adventures. Should your vessel start to take on water, the Sea Shelter will automatically deploy your EPIRB and send a signal to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites.

     

    This EPIRB bracket works with the following products:

    • GlobalFix™ iPRO (RLB-36)
    • GlobalFix™ PRO (RLB-37)
    • SATELLITE 3 406™ (RLB-38)

     

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