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May 2015
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: May 1, 2015
Location: 25 NM south of Morgan City, LA
Description of Rescue:

At 1809 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal locator beacon (PLB) at 29 16.6N, 91 16.1W, about 25 NM south of Morgan City, LA.  The PLB was activated when a boater's engine broke down and he became stranded.  Coast Guard District 8 (CGD08) received the SARSAT alert and used the beacon registration to contact the owners wife who indicated her husband left that morning on their 18-foot aluminum boat from Morgan City and was heading to Point Au Fer Island to fish.  She had been concerned because she could not get a hold of him, and he had stated that morning that he wouldn't be gone long.  CGD08 launched a helicopter and a family friend launched their boat to assist.  The helicopter arrived at the SARSAT position and saw a boat with one person onboard waving his arms and pointing at the engine.  The helicopter dropped a radio to the boater to confirm his identity.  The family friend arrived on scene shortly after and took the disabled vessel in tow. 

One (1) rescue

Date: May 2, 2015
Location: 58 NM south of Port Arthur, TX
Description of Rescue:

At 1729 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 28 54.0N, 93 48.3W, about 58 NM south of Port Arthur, TX.  The PLB was activated when a boat with two people onboard broke down and became stranded.  Coast Guard District 8 (CGD08) received the SARSAT alert and used the beacon registration to contact the owners mother who stated the PLB was attached to her son's personal flotation device and he was currently out on a friends boat.  CGD08 launched a helicopter to the SARSAT position, located the disabled vessel, but the two people onboard refused to be hoisted.  Instead a small boat had to be launched to come take the vessel in tow. 

Two (2) rescues

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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Date: May 22, 2015
Location: 30NM north of Guardalavaca, Cuba
Description of Rescue:

At 0728 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position-Indicating radio Beacon (EPRIB) at 21 35.1N 075 43.4W, 30NM north of Guardalavaca, Cuba.  The EPRIB was manually activated when the sailing vessel Boxer ran aground causing extensive hull damage and leaving the crew stranded.  Coast Guard District 7 (CGD07) contacted the family of the vessel owner who provided information on the vessel's last known position.  CGD07 notified RCC Cuba and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast requesting any vessels in the area to assist.  CGD07 dispatched a helicopter to the SARSAT position which located the disabled vessel.  The Coast Guard recovered the 2 POB and transported them to Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas with no injuries. 

Two (2) rescues

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Date: May 24, 2015
Location: 37 13.9N, 117 46.3W, in Death Valley National Park, California
Description of Rescue:

On 24 May 2015 At 0137 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 37 13.9N, 117 46.3W, in Death Valley National Park, California.  The PLB was activated when two motorists were caught in a flash flood and became stranded in their vehicle.  The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the California Highway Patrol which located the persons in distress and towed the vehicle to safety. 

Two (2) rescues

Date: May 31, 2015
Location: 71NM southeast of Ocean City, MD
Description of Rescue:

At 0331 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator beacon (PLB) at 37 26.5N 074 26.5W, 71NM southeast of Ocean City, MD. The crew on the vessel contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads (CGSHR) via VHF, stating their vessel was disabled, leaving them stranded. CGSHR advised the crew to manually activate the PLB if communications were lost, which they did. Coast Guard District 5 (CGD5) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the CGSHR which had been in contact with the vessel. CGSHR launched CG Cutter Beluga which located the vessel and towed it to their homeport in Ocean City, MD. No injuries or illness to report. 

Four (4) rescues

 
 
 
 
 
 

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