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June 2015
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: June 7, 2015
Location: 9 NM west of Rapid City, South Dakota
Description of Rescue:

At 19:01 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 44 04.98N 103 30.48W, 9 NM west of Rapid City, South Dakota. The owner was hiking in Black Forest National Park and activated the PLB when he broke his ankle. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the owner who verified that he was in distress. The AFRCC contacted the South Dakota Department of Emergency Management, who dispatched first responders to the scene. The owner was transported to local hospital. 

One (1) rescue

Date: June 13, 2015
Location: 20 miles northeast of Durango, Colorado in the San Juan National Forest
Description of Rescue:

At 0159 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 37 22.8N, 107 31.6W, 20 miles northeast of Durango, Colorado in the San Juan National Forest. The PLB was activated by an individual who became dehydrated and disoriented while hiking.  The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted emergency contacts from the beacon's registration information.  The contacts reported that the PLB owner was out hiking and was overdue. AFRCC contacted the Colorado Search and Rescue Board which dispatched local search and rescue authorities to the SARSAT coordinates. The hiker was recovered uninjured.

One (1) rescue

Date: June 14, 2015
Location: 10 NM northwest of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
Description of Rescue:

At 1252 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 32 27.8N, 78 36.2W, approximately 70 NM offshore of Charleston, SC. The PLB was activated when a 25' catamaran was taking on water and about to capsize. Coast Guard District 7 (CGD07) had received a garbled Mayday call via VHF radio when the PLB alert was received and provided a position. Sector Charleston (SECCHA) issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast which was answered by the fishing vessel, The OfficeThe Office arrived on scene and recovered the five person crew from the water with no injuries.  SECCHA launched a boat from Coast Guard Station Charleston that rendezvoused with The Office and safely transported the 5 people to the Coast Guard Station Charleston.

Five (5) rescues

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Date: June 16, 2015
Location: 130 NM south of Grand Isle, LA
Description of Rescue:

At 1108 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 27 11.6N, 91 02.9W, about 130 NM south of Grand Isle, LA. The EPIRB was activated when the engine and steering on sailing vessel Theresa Law failed. The two people on board had medical concerns and were fatigued from the weather. Coast Guard District 8 received the SARSAT alert and used SafetyNet to send the SARSAT position to the tanker Innovation. The tanker arrived on scene, picked up the two individuals in distress and took them to Key Largo, FL.

Two (2) rescues

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Date: June 21, 2015
Location: 60 NM northeast of Seattle, WA
Description of Rescue:

At 2234 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 48 16.98N, 121 02.22W, 60 NM northeast of Seattle, Washington in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the Northern Cascades.  Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and notified Washington State Emergency Management, who then contacted the county sheriff. The sheriff located a person with injuries at the coordinates given and they were transported to a hospital. 

One (1) rescue

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Date: June 28, 2015
Location: 100 NM offshore from Jupiter, FL
Description of Rescue:

At 1046 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 27 02.8N, 78 10.4W, about 100 NM offshore from Jupiter, FL. The EPIRB was manually activated when a 47 year old woman suffered an aneurysm onboard the 48' S/V Kraken. Coast Guard District 7 (CGD07) received a call from a crew member of the S/V Kraken requesting MEDEVAC. CGD07 instructed the crew member to manually activate their EPIRB to provide a position. CGD07 received the SARSAT alert and launched a helicopter to the SARSAT position. The helicopter located the vessel and transported the patient to the St. Mary's Hospital in critical condition. 

One (1) rescue

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Date: June 30, 2015
Location: 128 NM southeast of Barrow, AK
Description of Rescue:

At 1004 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 70 05.2N, 151 29.3W, on the Colville River about 128 NM southeast of Barrow, AK. The PLB was manually activated when a boater's propeller broke and the vessel ran out of fuel. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB). NSB launched a boat crew to the SARSAT position and located the distressed boater. NSB was able to dock the boat and transport the individual onboard back to his hometown Nuiqsut, AK. 

One (1) rescue

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