Guard Honors BoatU.S.
Emergency Beacon Rental Program
eleven persons successfully rescued since May 2003, the U.S. Coast
Guard Office of Search and Rescue recently honored BoatU.S. for its
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) rental program.
The program makes the $900 life-saving devices available at cost for
$50 a week as a public service of the boating association’s
Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water. A BoatU.S. EPIRB
recently aided in the rescue of three persons 120 miles off Cape
Capt. Steve Sawyer, Chief, USCG Office of Search
and Rescue, said, “We’d like to express our grateful appreciation to
BoatU.S. for its dedicated efforts in improving the safety and
welfare of recreational boaters throughout the world. The Coast
Guard Search and Rescue Program, in close coordination with the
Boating Safety Program and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, continuously
seeks improved methods to avert search and rescue cases through
education and prevention–the BoatU.S. EPIRB Rental Program is one
initiative that directly supports this goal.”
The BoatU.S. EPIRB program is funded by the
voluntary contributions of 575,000 members of BoatU.S. Ruth Wood,
president of the BoatU.S. Foundation, said, “When we started the
pilot program six years ago with the U.S. Coast Guard, we knew of no
other way for boaters to temporarily obtain an EPIRB for a short
offshore passage. Since then, the program has rented hundreds of
beacons through the generous support of BoatU.S. members who believe
in the usefulness of these life saving devices.”
EPIRB stands for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. When
activated, a 406 MHz EPIRB broadcasts a unique, repeating SOS signal
that can be detected from virtually any point on earth. When
properly registered, the signal includes a description of the vessel
and its location. This critical information is routed directly to
rescue units on the ground, reducing search time dramatically. It is
recommended that boaters venturing outside reliable VHF radio range,
about 20 miles offshore, carry a 406 EPIRB on board.
For more information about renting an EPIRB, call
the BoatU.S. Foundation at 888-663-7472 or visit www.BoatUS.com/foundation/epirb.
Shipping is also included.