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National Boating Safety: Radio Beacon

National safe boating week continues with today's topic of the emergency position indicating radio beacon.

Emergency beacons can aid in the detection...location and search and rescue of boats...aircraft and people in distress.

Beacons that are designed for ships and boats are called emergency position indicating radio beacons. When these are activated manually or automatically upon immersion...they send out distress signals which are monitored worldwide by satellites.

Except for the expense of buying a beacon...the system is free. And for additional safe boating...some of the personal locator beacons are designed for use in the water and may be attached to life vests.

For additional information please visit the following web site... Sara. Noaa.gov.

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