Having a Beacon Could Save Your Life

Having a Beacon Could Save Your Life

Please note that our beacon rental program has ended as of January 1, 2020

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Being prepared for the “unexpected” is big part of boating safety. Take along some peace of mind on your next water adventure, whether that includes a fishing trip, paddle sports fun, a weekend getaway, a trip up the coast, a day out on the lake, or you’re headed out to sea. Before you leave, be sure to pack an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). During this year’s National Safe Boating Week, consider buying a beacon for yourself or your vessel the next time you’re planning a boating trip and be safe on every trip throughout the year!

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In case you’re not familiar with these devices, beacons are used in emergency situations to help rescuers find you within minutes. An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is designed for a specific vessel and is meant to be mounted on the vessel or as part of your ditch bag. The Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a smaller beacon designed to be worn – usually on a life jacket – or carried on a belt or backpack strap for hikers.

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Both types of beacons are designed to send your location to a satellite, which is then shared with a nearby Coast Guard Command Center. From there, a search and rescue watch commander will be alerted, allowing for help to be dispatched in the event that you cannot save yourself or your vessel.

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Beacons are important pieces of safety gear that can save your life, so consider buying one for your next big boating trip and know that you’re prepared for anything.

 

Written by  Gail Kulp

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