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EPIRBs save lives.

    An incident occurring early January 2004- the following information is relayed as I heard it from a traveller. The weather in central Australia has been particularly hot, with temperatures in the 40's. On land and in the sea, satellites, EPIRBs and GPS help save lives.

   In one incident,a lady travelling from Adelaide to Darwin via the Strzlecki track (a rather round-about but interesting route) got her 4WD vehicle stuck soon after heading north from Innamincka (about 20km). After waiting for 4 hours, hoping that a passer-by would be able to help, she activated her EPIRB. Within 15 minutes of activation, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority(AMSA) officers were on the phone to the Innamincka Hotel. They had been alerted to the EPIRB signal, and its approximate location, either by satellite, or by over-flying commercial aircraft (we have not been able to ascertain which). Officers at the ASA phoned the Hotel, because local knowledge in outback Australia is a very powerful tool in these circumstances. ASA was able to ascertain firstly: if any person in the town had mistakenly activated an EPIRB, secondly: if any person might know of the reason for the activation (example, through contact by two way or HF radio.)
      After satisfying themselves that there was no immediate reason to deny veracity of the signal, ASA contacted the helicoptor service used by Santos at their gas production field to the south of Innamincka. The helicoptor located the lady with the 4WD (by this time it was close to dark), but was unable to land close by. Via radio, the helicoptor crew were able to relay the lady's GPS position (latitude and longitude) to interested CB listeners, which included two young guys in a 4WD, staying in Innamincka. They offered to pick up the lady, using the GPS location to guide them to the right spot.
     Within 3 hours of activating the EPIRB, the lady and her 4WD were safely back in Innamincka.
        That's a tribute to all involved, both Government and private enterprise, and ordinary persons such as hoteliers and travellers.

Epirbs can save your life

There is no charge to register 406 MHz beacons. IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE.

   All distress alerting beacons operating on 406 MHz should be registered; all vessels and aircraft operating under SOLAS and ICAO regulations must register their beacons.
Some national administrations (including the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK also require registration of 406 MHz beacons.
 
How they work
All the systems work something like this:
   A beacon is activated by a crash, a sinking, or manually by survivors.The beacon's transmission is picked up by one or more satellites. The satellite transmits the beacon's signal to its ground control station.The satellite's ground station processes the signals and forwards the data, including approximate location, to a national authority. The national authority forwards the data to a rescuing authority. The rescuing authority uses its own receiving equipment to locate the beacon and makes the rescue or recovery. Once the satellite data is in,it takes less than a minute to forward the data to any signatory nation.
     There are several systems in use, with beacons of varying expense, different types of satellites and varying performance.Note that even the oldest systems provide an immense improvement in safety, compared to not having a beacon.


If Activated by Accident

If an EPIRB is activated by accident, contact the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Canberra on (02) 6230 6811 (24 hours) or Freecall 1800 641792 or the nearest marine radio station as soon as possible