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EPIRB

EPIRB, an acronym for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, is a safety and survival electronic device that was developed specifically for marine related emergency where passenger's lives are at risk as in marine collisions and sunken vessels as well as life-raft deployment situations. When an emergency at sea occurs an EPIRB will prove an invaluable tool as it has literally saved hundreds of lives from succumbing to the amazing power of the ocean. If an emergency does occur, boaters can be confident that they have the latest life-saving technology on board that will allow search and rescue operations to pinpoint their position and deploy the closest rescue team to aid in the rescue of those in need.

EPIRB work via satellite and GPS technology. Once the beacon is activated, the EPIRB will continuously transmit on an emergency-only frequency that is treated as such all over the world. Some EPIRB will have the additional benefit of having an internal GPS that will allow for greater accuracy when detecting position and it will both narrow the search radius and shorten the time it takes for search and rescue teams to reach to scene of the accident or emergency.

There are two kinds of EPIRBs; automatic (Class I) and manual (Class II). This specification refers to the way the EPIRB will deploy when needed. Automatic release EPIRBs will come fitted with a hydrostatic release unit (HRU) that will sense pressure under water and then activate the radio signal and raise the EPIRB towards the surface. Manual release EPIRB will be manually activated either by hand or by launching the unit into the water. Both EPIRBs will comes with a bracket in either a hard case or a regular wall mount bracket.

This device will save your life! Don't believe us? No problem.

Here is some hard data provided by NOAA's website: COSPAS-SARSAT Rescues as of May 6, 2011

• Worldwide – Over 28,000+ People Rescued (since 1982) 
• United States – 6,599 People Rescued (since 1982) 

Number of People Rescued (in 2011) in the United States: 70
Rescues at sea: 31 people rescued in 10 incidents
Aviation rescues: 4 people rescued in 2 incidents
Terrestrial PLB rescues: 35 people rescued in 18 incidents

Total Rescues in 2010: 295
Rescues at sea: 180 people rescued in 61 incidents
Aviation rescues: 43 people rescued in 12 incidents
PLB rescues: 72 people rescued in 43 incident

Recent Yearly Totals:
2009: 195 people 
2008: 282 people 
2007: 353 people 
2006: 272 people
2005: 222 people
2004: 260 people
2003: 224 people
2002: 171 people
2001: 166 people

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