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JUNE 2014
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: June 25
Location: 75 NM west southwest of Denali State Park, AK
Description of Rescue:

at 0236 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 62 31.3N 152 33.7W, 75 NM west southwest of Denali State Park, AK. A kayaker activated his beacon when he was thrown from his kayak and lost all his gear on the Yentna River. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center contacted the National Park Service, which launched a helicopter which used the SARSAT coordinates to find the kayaker and transport him to Talkeetna. He was not injured.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: June 25
Location: 30 NM southeast of Vero Beach, FL
Description of Rescue:

at 0302 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 27 25.0N 79 48.0W, 30 NM southeast of Vero Beach, FL. The vessel Grass Root with 5 people on board fired flares and activated the PLB upon becoming disabled. Coast Guard Sector Miami received reports from witnesses of the flares, and soon after Coast Guard District 7 Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert. Sector Miami correlated the SARSAT alert with the flares, and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB). SEATOW responded to the UMIB and located the Grass Root. SEATOW towed the Grass Root safely into harbor.

Five (5) rescue.
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Date: June 21
Location: 40 NM northeast of Sonora, CA in the Stanislaus National Forest in northern Yosemite National Park
Description of Rescue:

2014 at 2140 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 38 13.6N 119 39.3W, 40 NM northeast of Sonora, CA in the Stanislaus National Forest in northern Yosemite National Park. The PLB was activated when 2 hikers became stranded on a rock with a 1000 foot drop. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the California Office of Emergency Services (CA OES). CA OES provided Yosemite Park Rangers who used the SARSAT position to locate the hikers on a rock ledge but they could not reach them safely. A California Highway Patrol helicopter hoisted the two hikers off the ledge the next morning.

Two (2) rescue.
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Date: June 21
Location: 25 NM southeast of Ketchikan, AK
Description of Rescue:

at 0949 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 63 04.8N 151 04.3W, in the Denali National Park and Preserve, AK. The PLB was activated when one party member in a group of climbers began to feel ill. Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the National Park Service. The National Park Service contacted the local authorities which used SARSAT coordinates to locate the group of climbers. The local authorities aided the ill party.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: June 21
Location: 75 NM west of San Luis Obispo, CA
Description of Rescue:

at 0347 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 35 19.2N 122 25.2W, 75 NM west of San Luis Obispo, CA. A 24 ft. ocean-going rowboat, with four people on board, was taking on water. The PACAREA Rescue Coordination Center was contacted by the Falmouth (UK) Rescue Coordination Center, stating they received a located 406 MHz EPIRB alert with UK registration. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco (SEC SF) was in communications with the sailing vessel Gailand Dianna that was acting as a safeboat for the Trans-Pacific race. SEC SF learned that the Gailand Dianna was unable to conduct a transfer of the four people from the row boat due to hazardous weather conditions. PACAREA assumed SAR Mission Coordinator and launched a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station San Francisco and a C-130 from Air Station Sacramento to provide communications coverage. The helicopter safely hoisted 3 individuals and took them to San Luis Obispo Regional Airport where local EMS cleared them with no medical concerns. The rescue swimmer stayed with the fourth individual in the row boat with a life raft provided by the helicopter. The helicopter returned to the row boat and safely recovered the remaining individual and the rescue swimmer.

Four (4) rescue.
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Date: June 20
Location: Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, Westcliffe, CO
Description of Rescue:

at 2215 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 37 58.0N 105 33.7W, at the Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, Westcliffe, CO. A hiker activated his PLB when he fell and broke his ankle. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the Colorado Search & Rescue Board. The Colorado Search & Rescue Board contacted the local authorities and the local authorities called AFRCC to get assistance in locating the hiker. AFRCC relayed the SARSAT coordinates to the local authorities and the hiker was rescued.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: June 11
Location: 25 NM southeast of Ketchikan, AK
Description of Rescue:

at 0913 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 55 01.1N 131 16.8W, 25 NM southeast of Ketchikan, AK.  The captain of the fishing vessel Flower Girl activated his EPIRB when he awoke to find his vessel had grounded after the tide went out.  The Coast Guard District 17 Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and launched a 47-foot boat.  Coast Guard personnel arrived on scene and inspected the hull of the beached vessel.  A small crack was identified, which the captain fixed before the tide came back in.

One (1) rescue.
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Date: June 7
Location: 35 NM southeast of Wilmington, NC
Description of Rescue:

at 1343 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 33 35.0N, 077 17.7W, about 35 NM southeast of Wilmington, NC. Three people on board a rented a sailing catamaran called the Cata-Tonic experienced problems when the mast began dragging.  The person who rented the Cata-Tonic called his wife using a satellite phone and also activated the Cata-Tonic’s EPIRB to get help.  The wife contacted Coast Guard District 7 (CGD07) and at the same time, Coast Guard District 5 (CGD05) received the alert through SARSAT.  CGD07 contacted CGD05 and CGD05 took the lead on the distress.  CGD05 launched a helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Elm to the SARSAT coordinates.  The Elm reached the Cata-Tonic and provided bolt cutters for cutting the lines of the Cata-Tonic’s mast.  After the mast and sail was no longer dragging, the Cata-Tonic was able to start the engines without fouling and continue its route. 

Three (3) rescues.
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Date: June 6
Location: 47 NM northeast of Fresno, CA
Description of Rescue:

at 1631 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 37 27.8 N 119 13.7 W, 47 NM northeast of Fresno, CA.  The PLB was activated because a person got hurt while kayaking in the San Joaquin River.  Several people activated their PLBs to get help for the injured person.  The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alerts and contacted the California Office of Emergency Services, which then used the SARSAT position to dispatch and rescue the injured person. 

One (1) rescue.
 
 
 
 
 

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