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Coast Guard rescues vessel thanks to EPIRB

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A 30-foot sailboat ended up almost 40 miles off shore with torn up sails and no power. If it wasn't for the distress call system they had on board, the search may have had a much different outcome. The lost boat sent out a mayday through an Emergency Positioning Indication Radio Beacon, or EPIRB. The EPIRB is a device the coast guard recommends all boaters have, because it uses satellites to send out the distress signal and can reach help no matter how far out on the water a vessel is. EPIRB also provides information as to where a boat is, and who owns it. It was this information that made the difference in this weekends rescue. Chris Parker, of the Wrightsville Beach Coast Guard, said, "With the use of the EPIRB, it saved their boat, saved their life and made the coast guards day a lot easier we get out there get back in and that was it." Many boaters also use marine VHF radios to make distress calls. However, according to experts, these radios do not pin-point the vessels exact location, and they also don't work more than 10 miles offshore. If you do want to have an EPIRB on your vessel, call your local boating store because most only keep a couple in stock. The device is pricey, costing around $900, but if you can afford it, it's a good tool to have.

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