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May 2015
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: May 2, 2015
Location: 10 NM northwest of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
Description of Rescue:

At 0600 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 07 01.2N, 157 57.6E, approximately 10 NM northwest of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The PLB was activated when a 22 foot fishing vessel sank in heavy seas. The Coast Guard Marshal Islands Sector received the SARSAT alert and contacted the FSM which launched the rescue boat FSS Unity from the FMS Maritime Wing. The four men were located in the water and rescued. 

Four (4) rescues

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Date: May 4, 2015
Location: 3 NM northeast of Anaktuvuk, AK
Description of Rescue:

At 0545 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 68 10.6N, 151 39.0W, about 3 NM northeast of Anaktuvuk, AK.  The PLB was manually activated by the driver when his snowmobile broke through the ice on Cache Lake. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB).  NSB dispatched a ground team from Anaktuvuk which used the SARSAT position to locate the distressed individual and transport him back to Anaktuvuk. 

One (1) rescue

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Date: May 9, 2015
Location: 10 miles southwest of Anaktuvuk, AK
Description of Rescue:

At 1152 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 68 03.5N, 152 01.0W, approximately 10 miles southwest of Anaktuvuk, AK. The PLB was activated when two snowmobile riders fell through ice on the John River. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and notified the North Slope Borough Search and Rescue Department (NSB), which dispatched a ground search and rescue team from Anaktuvuk. The two persons in distress were recovered safe and transported back to Anaktuvuk.

Two (2) rescues

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Date: May 10, 2015
Location: 210 NM South of Barrow, AK
Description of Rescue:

At 0619 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 68 09.3N, 152 16.6W, about 210 NM South of Barrow, AK. The PLB was activated when a snowmobile ran out of fuel and the riders became stranded. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB), which dispatched a ground search and rescue team from Anaktuvuk. The two persons in distress were recovered with no injuries. 

Two (2) rescues

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Date: May 10, 2015
Location: 41 24.2N, 122 15.1W, on Mt. Shastina, CA
Description of Rescue:

At 0644 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 41 24.2N, 122 15.1W, on Mt. Shastina, CA. The PLB was activated when a hiker got lost. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the CA Office of Emergency Services who used the SARSAT position to locate the lost individual. 

One (1) rescue

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Date: May 10, 2015
Location: 38 NM east of Fresno, CA
Description of Rescue:

At  2018 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 36 51.07N 118 55.57W, 38 NM east of Fresno, California. A hiker was injured and activated the PLB. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received the alert and passed the position to the California Office of Emergency Services who then contacted the Fresno County Sheriff. Sheriff’s Deputies located the individual at the SARSAT coordinates and transported him to the local hospital. 

One (1) rescue

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Date: May 11, 2015
Location: 95 NM southeast of Key West, FL
Description of Rescue:

At 1438 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacon (EPIRB) at 23 27.6N 83 30.12W, 95 NM southeast of Key West, Florida. US Coast Guard District 07 (CGD07) received the alert and instructed sector Key West to conduct callouts, which were unsuccessful. Sector Key West then issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast. CGD07 also diverted an aircraft to the scene and discovered that the owner had fallen overboard while tethered to the boat. Coast Guard Cutter Charles David arrived on scene and recovered the overboard male, deceased, and his wife, surviving. The coast guard cutter was unable to tow the vessel due to rough sea conditions.

One (1) rescue
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Date: May 12, 2015
Location: 172 NM south of Salt Lake City, UT
Description of Rescue:

 At 0005 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 37 28.68N 110 38.7W, 172 NM south of Salt Lake City, Utah. The PLB owner activated his PLB after he found two people who were injured after their boat capsized in Glen Canyon National Park. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) got the alert and contacted the national Park Service who dispatched a team. Both victims were airlifted to local hospitals.

Two (2) rescues

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Date: May 17, 2015
Location: 75 NM east of Los Angeles, CA
Description of Rescue:

At 0052 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 34 16.3N, 116 36.9W, about 75 NM east of Los Angeles, CA. The PLB was activated when a group of four hikers became lost. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the California Office of Emergency Services (COES) to inform them of the PLB activation and give them the SARSAT location. COES launched a helicopter to the SARSAT position which located and transported the lost hikers back to their vehicles. 

Four (4) rescues

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Date: May 19, 2015
Location: about 26 NM southwest of Barrow, AK
Description of Rescue:

At 0445 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 70 55.9N, 157 32.2W, about 26 NM southwest of Barrow, AK. The PLB was activated by an individual whose snow machine broke down. Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the North Slope Barrow Search and Rescue (NSB) which dispatched a helicopter. The helicopter located the stranded individual and transported him to Barrow, AK.

One (1) rescue

 
 
 
 
 
 

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