Technology speeds rescue at sea

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's a big ocean so how do ships like the Bounty put out emergency calls and how can rescuers find them in the vast sea?

The rescue tool of choice is an EPIRB. It stands for emergency position indicating radio beacon, it pinpoints your location anywhere on the globe and calls for help.

“You basically just activate it, you flip the switch and it transmits up to a satellite in space and it sends a signal back to the rescue center in the US or all over the world.” Chris Beckwith, General Manager of West Marine explains. “They alert the Coast Guard or the authorities and they come out to the position it sends.” Beckwith said.

Along with a hand held radio, life vest, raft and flares, sailors have a great chance of surviving at sea.
In many cases having an EPIRB makes the difference in a rescue.

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