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MARCH 2015
Satelite Map of Rescues
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Date: March 7
Location: approximately 100 miles south east of Barrow, AK
Description of Rescue:

0702 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 70 0.5N 151 44.3W, approximately 100 miles south east of Barrow, AK. The PLB was activated when the operator’s snow mobile became inoperable. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB). NSB deployed a ground team which located the operator and transported him safely to Nuiqsut, AK. No injuries or illness to report. 

One (1) rescues

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Date: March 8
Location: about 40 NM off the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC
Description of Rescue:

1654 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 33 22.9N, 78 11.0W, about 40 NM off the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC. The EPIRB was automatically activated when the 25-foot pleasure craft Quest capsized by a wave. Coast Guard District 5 (CGD05) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the owner/operator’s wife who informed them that her husband usually fishes in the vicinity of Gary Ennis Reef Marker 38 which correlated to the alert position. CGD05 contacted Shaw Air Force Base and was informed that several F-16s were conducting training exercises in the area of the alert. CGD05 requested an aircraft divert to attempt to locate the vessel and determine its status. The F-16 spotted the capsized vessel and reported back to CGD05. CGD05 launched a helicopter and sent a boat from Station Oak Island to assist. The 2 member crew was hoisted into the helicopter and transported to Wilmington Airport in North Carolina. 

Two (2) rescues

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Date: March 10
Location: 105 miles northwest of Phoenix, AZ
Description of Rescue:

1700 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 34 26.7N113 29.8W, 105 miles northwest of Phoenix, AZ. The PLB was activated when the owners truck became inoperable, leaving him stranded. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff’s department used the location provided by AFRCC to assist the PLB owner. No injuries or illness to report. 

One (1) rescues

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Date: March 13
Location: in McIntosh County, Oklahoma, approximately 50 miles south of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Description of Rescue:

0412 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) at 35 21.7N, 095 48.2W, in McIntosh County, Oklahoma, approximately 50 miles south of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The ELT was activated automatically when a medical helicopter enroute from Tulsa, OK to McAlester, OK crashed.  The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received the SARSAT alert and notified local authorities of the crash.  The wreckage was then located using the SARSAT position.  Local responders recovered the helicopter's three occupants, two injured and one deceased. 

Two (2) rescues

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Date: March 14
Location: in Matanuska-Susitna, AK, 40 miles north of Denali State Park
Description of Rescue:

2128 UTC the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 63 14.3N, 149 17.0W, in Matanuska-Susitna, AK, 40 miles north of Denali State Park.  The PLB was activated due to an injury sustained by an individual after an avalanche.  The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (AKRCC) received the SARSAT alert and contacted the Alaska State Troopers and Lifemed.  The PLB activation correlated with a distress call received by satellite phone.  Lifemed used the SARSAT position to locate the individual, and then transported him to Anchorage Hospital in critical condition. 

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