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August 2015
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: August 2, 2015
Location: 8 NM offshore of North Padre Island, TX
Description of Rescue:

At 2119 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 26 45.4N, 97 10.6W, about 8 NM offshore of North Padre Island, TX. The EPIRB was manually activated when F/V Emanuel became disabled and began taking on water. Coast Guard District 8 (CGD08) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the registered owner who was unable to make contact with the vessel. CGD08 dispatched a helicopter and a Coast Guard boat to the SARSAT position. Coast Guard personnel provided a pump and Good Samaritan vessels assisted with repairs. The distressed vessel was able to return to port under its own power. 

Five (5) rescues

Date: August 4, 2015
Location: 78 NM north of Los Angeles, CA
Description of Rescue:

At 0405 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 35 45.9N, 118 02.2W, in Sequoia National Forest about 78 NM north of Los Angeles, CA. The PLB was activated when one hiker fell and broke his ankle and another hiker became dehydrated. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES). Using the SARSAT encoded position, CALOES located the two individuals and transported them to a hospital in Kern County, CA. 

Two (2) rescues

Date: August 13, 2015
Location: 20 NM west of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Description of Rescue:

At 2310 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 35 54.4N, 076 01.7W, in the Alligator River, about 20 NM west of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The PLB was activated by a rower when his vessel began taking on water. The US Coast Guard Fifth District received the SARSAT alert and launched a response boat to the SARSAT location. The rower was located and his boat was towed to shore.

One (1) rescue

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Date: August 15, 2015
Location: 30 NM northwest of Denver, CO
Description of Rescue:

At 1700 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 40 04.1N, 105 39.6W, in Rocky Mountain National Park about 30 NM northwest of Denver, CO. The PLB was activated when a hiker fell and injured himself. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the Colorado Search and Rescue Board (COSARB). COSARB launched a helicopter to the SARSAT position and rescued the distressed individual.

One (1) rescue

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Date: August 18, 2015
Location: 15 NM offshore from Salisbury, MA
Description of Rescue:

At 1611 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 42 52.0N, 70 28.1W, about 15 NM offshore from Salisbury, MA. Coast Guard District 1 (CGD01) received a distress call from a fishing vessel that was taking on water and directed the crew to activate their EPIRB. CGD01 received the SARSAT alert, launched a small boat to the SARSAT position and towed the vessel to Newburyport. 

Two (2) rescues

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Date: August 19, 2015
Location: Pasayten Wilderness, WA
Description of Rescue:

At 1715 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 48 58.8N, 120 11.7W, in the Pasayten Wilderness, WA. The PLB was activated when a hiker experienced a medical emergency. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and notified the Washington Emergency Management Division which contacted the Bellingham Air and Marine Branch of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP located the hiker who was transported to a nearby hospital by helicopter. 

 

One (1) rescue

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