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My boat was taking on water, and I was 15 miles out. I gave the coast guard my position and got survival gear on. I put the GlobalFix EPIRB on the back deck. I was getting my life raft ready when the boat rolled over my gear and I hit the water. My EPIRB light was on when I saw it next to me, but I could reach it so I flipped the switch. My life raft did not deploy so I unfolded it, laid my back on it, and waited for the USCG to come. Thank God they did. They told me the EPIRB gave them my location. What a bunch of great guys that saved me.
EPILOGUE from USCG:
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued one fisherman after his vessel sank about 15 miles west of Newport, Oregon, Sunday morning.
The master of the 28-foot fishing vessel Rip Rider contacted , Oregon, at 8:20 a.m., via VHF-FM radio reporting that he was taking on water and had donned survival equipment, and at 8:33 a.m., the man’s 406 mhz emergency position indicating radio beacon activated, broadcasting his exact location.
Rescue crews launched from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport aboard an MH-65D Dolphin helicopter and from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, Oregon, aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat. The crew of the fishing vessel First Hope 1 was also in the vicinity and ready to provide assistance. The Coast Guard aircrew arrived on scene to find the man in the water, wearing a survival suit.
The aircrew deployed a rescue swimmer who was able to safely hoist the man into the helicopter. He was transported in good condition to Air Facility Newport to waiting emergency medical services.
EPIRBs are designed to transmit a distress signal through a satellite system called Cospas-Sarsat, anywhere in the world.
The vessel has been determined to be unsalvageable, and there have been no reports of pollution. The vessel was reportedly carrying about 65 gallons of diesel aboard.
I am so glad that I had the EPIRB.
Thank you ACR!
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