Monday, January 26, 2009

Coast Guard rescues vessel thanks to EPIRB | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News

"A 30-foot sailboat ended up almost 40 miles off shore with torn up sails and no power. If it wasn't for the distress call system they had on board, the search may have had a much different outcome.

The lost boat sent out a mayday through an Emergency Positioning Indication Radio Beacon, or EPIRB.

The EPIRB is a device the coast guard recommends all boaters have, because it uses satellites to send out the distress signal and can reach help no matter how far out on the water a vessel is."

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