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Coast Guard Urges Registration
And Proper Disposal of Beacons


The Cospas-Sarsat satellite system uses a combination of
different satellites to detect and locate emergency beacons.
The satellites relay the distress signals from the emergency beacons
to a network of ground stations and ultimately to the U.S.
Mission Control Center in Suitland, Maryland. The USMCC processes
the distress signal and alerts the appropriate search and rescue
authorities to who is in distress and, more importantly,
where they are located. (USCG)

November 9, 2017

The Coast Guard issued a public advisory to remind boaters to properly dispose of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons when they are no longer of use.

EPIRBs are devices intended to save lives by transmitting a signal to rescuers with the position of troubled boaters. When they are improperly disposed of they can cost the Coast Guard valuable time and taxpayers thousands of dollars in resource costs.

The International Maritime Organization and the Coast Guard recommend that unwanted EPIRBS be disposed of by either removing the battery and shipping the unit back to its manufacturer or rendering the unit inoperable by demolishing it. The EPIRB should also be unregistered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in any case when the unit has been disposed of or transferred to a new owner.

SOURCE: U.S. Coast Guard






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