- Published on Friday, 20 April 2012 09:54
A Kannad Marine EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Becaon) has saved the lives of six rowers, who were successfully rescued after activating the beacon when their boat capsized in the middle of the Atlantic.
The six strong crew of the ‘Sara G’ were taking part in the Atlantic Odyssey Challenge to row from Morocco to Barbados, with the aim of becoming the first crew in history to complete the challenge in under 30 days. They were 27 days into their journey when their 36ft vessel overturned on 30th January, 520 miles from their destination.
Coastguards in Falmouth, Cornwall, helped to co-ordinate the team’s rescue with authorities in Martinique after the UK registered Kannd Marine beacon was activated. The crew waited in a life raft, which they had lashed to the hull of their overturned boat, before being picked up by the Panamanian-flagged cargo ship Nord Taipei at 1:10am on 31st January. The crew were rescued uninjured and are currently en-route to Gibraltar, where they are due to arrive on 9th February.
Kannad Marine offers a range of emergency location beacon products including EPIRBs, PLBs (Personal Location Beacons), SARTs and SRSs (Survivor Recovery Systems) – must-have devices for all safety-conscious sailors.
Kannad Marine’s range of EPIRBs are designed to operate with the COSPAS SARSAT system, alerting search and rescue services in the event of an emergency by transmitting a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency. The SafeLink EPIRB also includes a built-in GPS receiver ensuring that an accurate position of a casualty is relayed to the rescue services, in turn improving the speed of the recovery by updating the position of the beacon at regular intervals.