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Strategies for safe boating from Ocean Signal

Leading marine safety manufacturer advises boaters to carry an EPIRB and PLBs for the reassurance that they can alert search and rescue in an emergency

Ocean Signal, a leader in marine safety equipment, is urging all boaters to equip their vessels with an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) to ensure a swift response in case of an emergency. With the increasing popularity of water-based adventures, it’s crucial for safety measures to keep pace. Despite the critical role EPIRBs play in maritime safety, many boats still lack this essential device. An EPIRB, when properly registered and installed, can be the difference between life and death, pinpointing the location of those in distress and alerting search and rescue services through the 406MHz Cospas-Sarsat satellite system upon activation. Ocean Signal emphasizes the importance of these devices as indispensable tools for maximum safety at sea.

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Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) closely resembles an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), but with a key distinction: PLBs are specifically designed to be worn by crew members or stowed inside an individuals lifejacket. These compact GPS-enabled beacons swiftly transmit the precise location of survivors to global search and rescue services.

The Ocean Signal rescueME EPIRB3 stands out as the most compact EPIRB available, making it an excellent choice for those seeking an AIS EPIRB solution for their vessel. This 406 MHz beacon is notably smaller, with a 30% size reduction compared to traditional EPIRBs, and boasts an impressive 10-year battery life. It offers significant reassurance to both the crew and their families. Additionally, the Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 holds the title for the smallest Personal Locator Beacon in the world, while the innovative PLB3 is the pioneering AIS-enabled satellite PLB, ideal for captains who prioritize equipping their crew with the forefront of survival technology.

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