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September 2014
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: September 21
Location: about 17 miles west of Ocracoke Island, NC
Description of Rescue:

at 35 05.9N 076 20.3W, about 17 miles west of Ocracoke Island, NC. Two people onboard a vessel taking on water activated both of their PLBs and a SPOT device, a commercial device for satellite emergency notification service. Coast Guard District 5 (CGD05) received the SARSAT alerts and also a call from the SPOT command center. CGD05 confirmed all activations correlated with the same distress and CGD05 contacted Sector North Carolina to issue an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) based on the SARSAT coordinates. CGD05 was notified that a Good Samaritan responded to the UMIB, recovered the two survivors, and transported them to Beaufort, NC.

Two (2) rescues.
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Date: September 20
Location: 14 miles south of Guilford, CT in the Long Island Sound
Description of Rescue:

at 41 03.6N, 72 45.0W, 14 miles south of Guilford, CT in the Long Island Sound. The PLB was activated when a person in a kayak fell overboard and was unable to get back in the kayak. The individual also had a VHF radio and radioed for help on VHF/FM 16. Coast Guard District One (CGD01) received the SARSAT alert which correlated with the radio distress call. CGD01 gave the SARSAT position to the Suffolk County Police helicopter which located the individual. The helicopter vectored in Coast Guard Station New Haven’s small boat which recovered the kayaker.

One (1) rescue.
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: September 19
Location: 250 miles northeast of Eielson Air Force Base in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Description of Rescue:

at 1554 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) at 68 29.5N, 142 21.1W, 250 miles northeast of Eielson Air Force Base in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The ELT activated when an aircraft with four people on board crashed. Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and dispatched the 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons to the SARSAT position. Two survivors were recovered and transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The other two people on board refused transport and remained at the scene.

Two (2) rescues.
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: September 17
Location: 98 NM southwest of St. Louis, MO
Description of Rescue:

at 37 12.1N 091 13.7W, about 98 NM southwest of St. Louis, MO. Three hikers fell in a narrow, steep ravine and one suffered a serious head injury. The hikers were unable to get out of the ravine to call for help and one of the hikers activated his PLB. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the Missouri Emergency Management Agency (EMA). The EMA contacted the County Sheriff's office, which sent a rescue party that found the hikers. The injured hiker was evacuated to St. Francis Hospital and the other two hikers were helped out of the ravine.

Three (3) rescues.
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Date: September 15
Location: 20 NM southwest of Montpelier, VT
Description of Rescue:

at 44 02.4N, 72 54.5W, 20 NM southwest of Montpelier, VT. The PLB was activated by a hiker who became ill while traveling with another individual. The Air Force RCC received the SARSAT alert and passed the SARSAT coordinates to Green Mountain Rescue, which located the individual at Cooley Glenn Shelter and transported him to Porter Hospital.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: September 14
Location: 56 NM southeast of Barrow, AK
Description of Rescue:

at 70 42.7N 154 30.1W, about 56 NM southeast of Barrow, AK. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB). NSB dispatched a helicopter to the SARSAT coordinates and located the person in need of assistance. The helicopter brought the person back to Barrow.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: September 14
Location: 115 NM northeast of Anchorage, AK
Description of Rescue:

at 62 21.5N 146 35.5W, about 115 NM northeast of Anchorage, AK. The PLB was activated when three boats crossing Lake Louise capsized due to strong winds and large waves. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the Alaska State Troopers. The Alaska State Troopers contacted the lodge owner near Lake Louise. The lodge owner rescued 2 boaters from two of the boats and the driver of the third boat did not survive.

Two (2) rescues.
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Date: September 14
Location: 1 NM north of Admiralty Bay, AK
Description of Rescue:

at 71 01.8N, 155 49.0W, 1 NM north of Admiralty Bay, AK. The PLB was activated when two hunters experienced problems with their snowmobiles. One snowmobile had mechanical problem and the other was stuck in the mud. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB). NSB dispatched a helicopter to the SARSAT coordinates, located the two individuals and brought them to safety.

Two (2) rescues.
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Date: September 13
Location: 57 NM northwest of Anchorage, Alaska
Description of Rescue:

57 NM northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. The ELT activated when the aircraft crashed with 3 people onboard. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the National Guard. The National Guard rescued the three survivors and transported them to Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Three (3) rescues.
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Date: September 3
Location: 64 NM west of Seattle, Washington
Description of Rescue:

at 47 37.3N 123 23.4W, 64 NM west of Seattle, Washington in the Olympic National Forest. The PLB was activated because a hiker injured a leg or angle. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the National Park Service. A park service ranger arrived on scene, evaluated the injured hiker, and determined that the hiker required airlifting for treatment. The Park Service contacted the County Sheriff’s office to airlift the patient to the Bremerton Municipal Airport to a waiting ambulance.

One (1) rescue.
 
 
 
 
 

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