Stanley Yacht Services: It's Better Than A Message In A Bottle... EPIRBs Save Lives!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

It's Better Than A Message In A Bottle...
EPIRBs Save Lives!

EPIRB alerted rescuers to the plight of F/V Betty C
U.S. Coast Guard Photo | Francisco Javier Perez
When the battle to put out the fire consuming their boat became futile, the captain of the 140-foot fishing vessel Betty C gave the order to abandon ship and the crew was forced to seek refuge aboard a small skiff in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Their only hope for survival would be the signal transmitted by the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon ("EPIRB") they had with them.

As it turned out, that signal was received loud and clear at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu, more than 1,000 miles away. Good Samaritan vessel, Cape Ferrat, answered the Coast Guard's request for assistance and steamed full speed ahead to the location of the distress signal, rescuing all 21 sailors.
"This EPIRB saved their lives," said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Hagen, a watchstander in JRCC the night of the rescue. Without it, no one would have known they needed help. - Read more at: Coast Guard Compass | Official Blog of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Yes, EPIRBs save lives. Lots of them. According to statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 240 souls were saved in the U.S. last year because of the beacons - 112 of them were at sea.

Certainly stories like that of the ill-fated Betty C should be more than enough incentive for boaters to make sure they have an EPIRB on board, registered with NOAA, and in proper working condition (check the battery and, if applicable, hydrostatic release). If you have any questions about EPIRBs (or anything else) don't hesitate to contact us.


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