Being prepared is the best way to get the most out of your boating experience. And as you prepare your list of upcoming summer trips, (whether they are to the Bahamas, the Florida Keys or even around Biscayne Bay) add SAFETY to that list. An Emergency Locator Beacon should be the first item on that list.
Before your next trip on the water, make sure to purchase, register and have onboard your vessel an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPRIB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).
An EPIRB or PLB is used to alert search and rescue agencies in the event of an emergency. It transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency via satellite and earth stations to the nearest rescue personnel. If your EPIRB transmits GPS coordinates, your position can be identified in as little as 2-3 minutes.
EPIRBS are registered to a vessel and may be deployed automatically or manually. A PLB is registered to a person and may be used on land as well as on the water. PLB’s must be manually activated and may need to be held out of the water to function properly (even though they are waterproof).
Make sure to register your EPIRB or PLB with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at beacon registration.noaa.gov.
If you already have a registered EPIRB or PLB make sure your contact information has been updated; especially if you have bought a new boat recently and have not done so. For more information on Emergency Locator Beacons you can access Saved by the Beacon, a national campaigned led by the National Safe Boating Council
To purchase an EPIRB or PLB contact us and we will gladly forward you all the options available in the market along with pricing. Prices for EPIRBS range from $249-469 and for PLB’s from $249-285.
ACR Electronics Global Fix V4 EPIRB, Cat 2, retail $399.00
We will gladly assist you in the purchase and registration of the device. Contact Betty De Varona at firstname.lastname@example.org