EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services, allowing them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system.
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The UK Government’s Department for transport launched a report civilian search and rescue helicopter operations between April 2018 and March 2019; The highlight of the report is the 8% decrease compared to the year ending March 2018.
Six have lost their lives after a boat that was transporting migrants sank off the Greek island of Mytilene, on May 11. According to sources, another 58 people were rescued, which were then transported to the port of Mytilene. Moreover, boats of the Greek Navy and Frontex, as well as a super puma helicopter are also taking part in the search and rescue operation in the area.
The US Coast Guard has initiated a research for a missing vessel on the afternoon hours of Sunday, east of Port Canaveral, Florida. USCG Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders received a distress call at 4 p.m. from a vessel, stating they were caught in a storm and were in need of assistance.
Italian authorities have released the charity vessel ‘Sea-Watch 3’ Saturday, the German NGO Sea-Watch announced. The ship was impounded nearly three weeks ago, after rescuing several migrants in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya.
According to the USCG, the Guard along with the Capital City Fire/Rescue saved six people when their boat ran aground near Juneau, on Saturday, May 1. After saving the people, the Coast Guard crew anchored the grounded vessel and the owner plans to go and retrieve it during high tide.
Two crewmembers are confirmed dead and two more crew members are unaccounted for, after two Japanese cargo ships collided off the coast of Chiba Prefecture, east Japan, in the early morning hours of Sunday. All four crew members aboard the Sumiho Maru, based in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, were safe.
One crewman is confirmed dead and three more crew members are unaccounted for, after two Japanese cargo ships collided off the coast of Chiba Prefecture, east Japan, in the early morning hours of Sunday. An oil spill was also confirmed at the scene.
Crewmembers of the Carnival Fascination managed to rescue a man that went overboard on May 18. As Carnival informs, the passenger had jumped from Deck 10, with the crew and passengers immediately notifying the bridge team of the incident. Once informed of the incident, the bridge team returned the vessel to the location of the incident. The captain then deployed a rescue boat, with the crew bringing the victim back onboard.
On May 19, Maersk Patras reported a man overboard in the Saint Lawrence River. Search and rescue operation started but it was unsuccessful and has now been called off. Namely, the 2nd Officer of the vessel Maersk Patras fell overboard into the Saint Lawrence River (Canada) north east of the junction with Saguenay River.
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