... Safe boating week is may 18-24 2013...
The National Weather Service and the National safe boating Council
will partner for National safe boating week may 18-24. This week
will highlight relevant weather and safety specific public service
announcements for the recreational boating public.
Todays topic is the use of epirbs... emergency position indicating
Emergency beacons... through the worldwide offered service of
cospas-sarsat... aid in the detection location and search and Rescue
of boats... aircraft and people in distress. Beacons designed for
SHIPS and boats are called emergency position indicating radio
beacons. When activated manually or automatically upon
immersion... epirbs send out distress signals... which are monitored
worldwide by satellites. Except for the expense of buying a
Beacon... this system is free. For additional safe boating... some
personal locator beacons... plbs... are designed for use in water and
may be attached to life vests. All 406 mhz beacons should be
registered with NOAA. Additional information for emergency beacons
can be found at www.Sarsat.NOAA.Gov.
For more information on hazardous weather and boating safety... visit
the following websites...
Publication information statements are online at