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JULY 2014
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: August 20
Location: 250 NM southeast of Barrow, AK
Description of Rescue:

at 68 04.6N 151 56.9W, 250 NM southeast of Barrow, AK.  The PLB was activated by a stranded hunting party when their ATV broke down.  The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB).  The NSB dispatched a ground search team from Anaktuvuk Pass which located and rescued the hunters.

Two (2) rescues.
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Date: August 18
Location: 2.5 NM north of Tortugas National Park
Description of Rescue:

at 24 41.4N, 82 51.7W, about 2.5 NM north of Tortugas National Park. The PLB was activated when a man became dehydrated on board the sailing vessel Windarraw, which was sailing from Madeira Beach, FL to Dry Tortugas, FL. Coast Guard District 7 Command Center (CGD7) received the SARSAT alert. CGD7 directed Sector Key West to issue an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, diverted a HC-144 and contacted the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park Service. The Park rangers established communications with the Windarraw and determined a crewmember was dehydrated. The Park Service recovered the vessel and crew at Garden Key. Due to lack of medical supplies in Garden Key, the Park Service organized a LIFENET MEDEVAC to transport the victim to the Lower Keys Medical Center for treatment.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: August 17
Location: 49 NM east of Jackson, WY
Description of Rescue:

at 43 16.9N 109 50.0W, 49 NM east of Jackson, WY in the Custer National Forest. A hiker came across a mother and child. The child was injured and in need of medical attention. The hiker activated and then gave the PLB to the mother. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the Sublette County Sheriff. The sheriff dispatched a ground search party, which located the mother and child and transported both of them to a hospital.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: August 16
Location: 175 NM southeast of Barrow, AK
Description of Rescue:

at 69 25.4N, 151 36.1W, 175 NM southeast of Barrow, AK. Three people in a boat on the Anaktuvuk River activated the PLB when the boat’s fuel pump failed. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB). NSB dispatched a ground search party to the SARSAT coordinates. The search party located and rescued the stranded people.

Three (3) rescues.
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Date: August 10
Location: The Arctic National Park and Preserve Area, Coldfoot, AK
Description of Rescue:

at 68 02.9N 151 58.3W, in the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve Area, Coldfoot, AK. The driver of an All-Terrain vehicle (ATV) activated his PLB when he became stranded because his ATV broke down. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB). NSB dispatched a ground search party to the SARSAT coordinates. The search party found the driver and provided assistance.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: August 9
Location: 20 NM west of Lincoln City, OR
Description of Rescue:

at 44 53.0N 124 43.7W, 20 NM west of Lincoln City, OR. The EPIRB automatically activated when the 31-foot vessel G Spot capsized, with a 5 man crew. Before the vessel capsized, the crew made a MAYDAY call that only provided their vessel name to Coast Guard Sector North Bend. Coast Guard District 13 (CGD13) received the SARSAT alert, issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and dispatched two helicopters from Coast Guard Sector North Bend. The two helicopters recovered three crew members from the water. A Good Samaritan, which had responded to the UMIB, recovered the other two people. The five crew members were suffering from hypothermia and were transported for medical care.  

Five (5) rescues.
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Date: August 4
Location: 34 NM northwest of Durango, CO
Description of Rescue:

at 37 39.8N 108 14.6W, 34 NM northwest of Durango, CO. A hiker activated the PLB upon becoming injured. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and forwarded it to the Dolores County Sheriff's Department. The sheriff's department used the SARSAT position to locate and rescue the hiker.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: August 3
Location: 27 NM east of Honolulu, HI
Description of Rescue:

at 21 14.2N 157 26.8W, 27 NM east of Honolulu, HI. The PLB was activated when a 21-foot recreational vessel sank with 8 people on board. Coast Guard District 14 Rescue Coordination Center (CGD14) received the SARSAT alert and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast. Shortly after the initial SARSAT alert, CGD14 received a call from a father stating his son and seven others were in distress in the vicinity of the signal. CGD14 dispatched a helicopter, which located the 8 people, who had tied 3 kayaks together. The helicopter arrived on scene and safely hoisted four people into the helicopter and transported them to Sandy Beach Park where members from the Honolulu Fire Department were waiting to assist the victims. The helicopter returned two more times to the scene to pick up the remaining people from the water.

Eight (8) rescues.
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Date: August 1
Location: 27 NM northwest of New Port Richey, FL
Description of Rescue:

at 28 28.68N 83 06.42W, 27 NM northwest of New Port Richey, Florida. The PLB was activated when the vessel Lisa Ann lost all power. The crew also broadcast a mayday, which was received by Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg (SSP). Coast Guard District 07 received the SARSAT alert, contacted SSP and gave them the registration information and location of the PLB. SSP contacted Boat US which responded and provided the Lisa Ann a jumpstart. The vessel made it back to Skeleton Key Marina under its own power.

Three (3) rescues.
 
 
 
 
 

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