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October 2015
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: October 1, 2015
Location: Shinnecock, NY
Description of Rescue:

At t 40 34.9N, 72 19.0W, about 16NM south of Shinnecock, NY. The EPIRB was manually activated when S/V Pocho was taking on water then lost radio contact with Coast Guard District 1 (CGD01). CGD01 launched a helicopter to the SARSAT position and hoisted the operator from the vessel.

One (1) rescue

Date: October 6, 2015
Location: Jasper City, TX
Description of Rescue:

The ELT was activated when an aircraft crashed into a lake in Jasper City, TX. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the Texas Department of Emergency Management who worked with local law enforcement using a combination of radar and cell phone forensics to locate the aircraft. The local police and fire departments rescued the three people on board the aircraft. 

Three (3) rescues

Date: October 7, 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Description of Rescue:

At 35 58.4N, 083 51.4W, approximately four miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee. The ELT activated when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff with two people on board. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and provided the SARSAT position to the Knox County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). KCSO had received a 911 call from the pilot but did not have the crash position. The SARSAT position was used to locate the plane. The pilot and passenger were taken for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 


Two (2) rescues

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Date: October 9, 2015
Location: Barrow, Alaska
Description of Rescue:

At 70 56.7N 156 52.6W, approximately 24 miles south east of Barrow, AK. The PLB was activated when the owners snow mobile became inoperable, leaving him stranded. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB). NSB deployed a ground team which located the owner and transported him to Barrow. No injuries or illness to report. 

One (1) rescue

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Date: October 9, 2015
Location: Grand Canyon National Park
Description of Rescue:

At 36 44.9N, 111 40.8W, in Grand Canyon National Park. The PLB was activated when a hiker suffered a broken ankle. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and notified the Arizona State Search and Rescue Coordinator of the distress situation. National Park Service personnel located the individual in distress through use of the SARSAT coordinates and completed a successful rescue. 

One (1) rescue

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Date: October 11, 2015
Location: Mobile Bay, AL
Description of Rescue:

At 29 10.4N, 88 11.0W, about 60 NM south of Mobile Bay, AL. The EPIRB was manually activated when a 35ft vessel was disabled due to having bad fuel onboard. Coast Guard District 8 (CGD08) received the SARSAT alert and correlated the alert with the MAYDAY Sector Mobile had received. CGD08 issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB), and SafetyNET broadcast with the SARSAT location. The F/V Theresa Donna, responded to the UMIB, arrived on scene, and took the vessel in tow. 

Three (3) rescues

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Date: October 13, 2015
Location: Lowland, NC
Description of Rescue:

At 35 18.5N, 76 24.5W, in Pamlico Sound about 6 NM offshore east of Lowland, NC. The PLB was activated by the PLB owner when his sail kayak took on water. The kayaker also called his wife about the distress. The wife notified Coast Guard District 5 (CGD05) about the distress and provided a rough position based on SPOT. About 5 minutes later, CGD05 received the SARSAT alert. CGD05 launched a small boat to the SARSAT position and rescued the kayaker. 

One (1) rescue

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Date: October 15, 2015
Location: Galveston, TX
Description of Rescue:

At 28 13.3N 093 11.9W, 106 NM south of Galveston, TX. The EPIRB was manually activated when the catamaran Undertaker became disabled, with 4 people on board. Coast Guard District 8 (CGD8) received the SARSAT alert and issued a SafetyNET. CGD8 requested assistance from vessel K Marine VI, which was in the vicinity of the distress. CGD8 launched a helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. The fixed wing aircraft arrived on scene and confirmed that the vessel was disabled. The K Marine VI provided a backup VHF radio and a battery to the Undertaker, which recovered full power and proceeded to its homeport.

 

Four (4) rescues

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Date: October 15, 2015
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Description of Rescue:

At 43 21.6N 111 09.7W, 44 miles south east of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  The ELT automatically activated when a plane with two people on board crashed after experiencing engine failure.  The Air Force Rescue Coordination (AFRCC) Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the FAA and the Bonneville Sheriff’s Department.  The local authorities dispatched emergency personnel to the SARSAT position and reported that the pilot was deceased; the passenger was transported to Eastern Idaho Medical Center for treatment.

 

One (1) rescue

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Date: October 18, 2015
Location: Tonopah, Nevada
Description of Rescue:

At 37 50.07N 118 16.13W, 50 NM west of Tonopah, Nevada.  The PLB was activated by a hiker in distress.  The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the California State Rescue Coordination Agency and the Nevada State Agency.  The wife of the hiker had contacted the county sheriff because her husband was overdue.  The county sheriff used the SARSAT coordinates to locate the hiker.

 

One (1) rescue

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Date: October 20, 2015
Location: Kodiak, Alaska
Description of Rescue:

At 49 07N 160 28.1W, 597 NM southwest of Kodiak, Alaska.  The EPIRB was activated manually when the sailing vessel Chimere lost its rudder and rigging in rough seas.  Coast Guard District 17 (CGD17) received the SARSAT alert, issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, and launched an aircraft to the SARSAT location.  CGD17 diverted the motor vessel Tor Viking to the area.  Tor Viking located the sailing vessel and rescued the one person on board.

 

One (1) rescue

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Date: October 27, 2015
Location: Wainwright, AK
Description of Rescue:

At 25 45.0N, 082 30.0W, approximately 50 miles west of Marco Island, Florida. The PLB was activated when a vessel lost its GPS navigation capabilities and required assistance. As radio communications were unreliable, the beacon was activated on instruction from the US Coast Guard Seventh District (CGD07). CGD07 received the SARSAT alert and provided the position of the vessel to a commercial salvage company which located the vessel and provided assistance.

 

One (1) rescue

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Date: October 27, 2015
Location: Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
Description of Rescue:

At 69 51.12N 148 36.3W, 25 NM south of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.  The Canadian-coded ELT activated automatically when a helicopter crashed with a pilot and one passenger on board.  The USMCC sent an unlocated SARSAT alert to the Canadian Mission Control Center (CMCC) a few minutes before sending a located SARSAT alert to the CMCC and Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.  The CMCC contacted the ELT owner, who dispatched another company helicopter to the SARSAT position.  The second helicopter picked up the survivors, who were not injured. 

 

Two (2) rescues

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Date: October 31, 2015
Location: Isle De La Juventud, Cuba
Description of Rescue:

At 21 09.6N 83 14.1W, 22 NM southwest of Isle De La Juventud, Cuba.  Coast Guard District 07 (CGD07) received the SARSAT alert and shortly afterwards received a call from a company reporting the activation of a proprietary satellite communication device from the same vessel and in approximately the same location.  The report indicated the vessel had a fuel leak and was critically low on fuel.  CGD07 issued an Enhanced Group Call (EGC) which a Good Samaritan responded to by providing fuel to the vessel in distress. 

 

Four (4) rescues

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