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Smallest Personal Locator Beacon Available from Ocean Signal

Smallest Personal Locator Beacon Available from Ocean Signal

 

A rescueME PLB1 from Ocean Signal is shown attached to the upper surface of this inflated personal floatation device. Image courtesy of Ocean Signal.

A rescueME PLB1 from Ocean Signal is shown attached to the upper surface of this inflated personal floatation device. Image courtesy of Ocean Signal.

The Cospas-Sarsat satellite-based rescue system has saved more than 35,000 people in distress and nearly three-quarters of those were at sea.  Modern 406 MHz rescue beacons have had a huge impact on maritime safety.  If you go offshore anywhere, it’s time for you to equip your boat with an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and to seriously consider equipping your offshore crew and passengers with personal locator beacons (PLBs).  One such personal device is the rescueME PLB1 from Ocean Signal, touted by the company as the smallest PLB available.

Having a PLB like the rescueME PLB1 either on your person or attached to the floatation device that you are WEARING will give you an extraordinary advantage if you go overboard.  The current fleet of low-Earth orbit and geostationary satellites will pick up the emergency signal from your PLB, and will transmit it and the GPS-derived location data to a local rescue authority.  When that happens, you give the rescuers a huge leg-up on finding you.

Check out this video showing how the rescueME PLB1 works:

 

There are several brands of EPIRBs and PLBs, but I highlight the rescueME PLB1 here because it’s a great example of how compact and user-friendly these devices have become.  This device will sit comfortably attached to your personal flotation device (PFD), or your person, if for some inexplicable reason you are not wearing a PFD while on deck.

The rescueME PLB1 is currently on sale at Landfall Navigation.  And you can see the product description at Datrex, the U.S. distributor for Ocean Signal’s rescueME PLB1.

Check out these devices and don’t forget to properly register your device when you get it.  That ensures that rescuers know who to contact to get more information about you and your cruising plan.

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Posted by Tom in Boat Systems, Electronics, Gear & Apparel, GPS, Marine Electronics, seamanship, Technology

Navagear on PLB vs. SPOT: Differences?

SPOT Satellite Messenger Device

SPOT Satellite Messenger Device

Tim Flanagan, managing editor at my of my favorite blogs, Navagear, has a post today that addresses the question some boaters have about the new SPOT Messenger; namely, whether it’s any different from a personal locator beacon (PLB).  The answer of course, is ‘yes’ it is quite different.

Tim points to a nice piece in the USCG 13th District blog that goes into detail about the differences. There is no question that SPOT is a great new tool for many outdoor folks, including boaters, but please don’t consider it a replacement for a reliable, working PLB.  Yes, it HAS saved lives, but the system has limitations as a PLB-replacement.

You can read Tim’s post here and have a look at the SPOT Messenger service here.

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Posted by oceanlines in Technology