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Australian Maritime Safety Authority responses result in rescue of 13

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority responded to three separate emergency beacon activations in one day on 12 August, resulting in the rescue of thirteen people.

Just after 3pm AEST AMSA detected an emergency beacon registered to a five metre fishing vessel approximately 41km North East of Darwin near the Vernon Islands.

AMSA tasked the Darwin based Dornier 328 search and rescue aircraft to the scene where they discovered the semi submerged hull of the vessel.

A short time later the two occupants were sighted on a navigational mark a short distance away. A nearby passenger ferry was tasked to the area and both people were recovered safely and returned to Darwin. The two reported that they had been diving and upon returning to the surface had discovered their vessel had sunk.

At about 6pm AEST AMSA detected another beacon about 2,037 KM West of the Cocos (Keeling) islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

AMSA made contact with a nearby merchant ship who reported a Taiwanese fishing vessel on fire nearby. The merchant vessel was able to safely recover all 10 crew who had abandoned ship onto a rubber mattress. The crew reported the ship had caught fire after an explosion in the engine room. The merchant vessel will continue to Durban in South Africa where the fisherman will depart.

Just before 7pm AEST AMSA detected a third beacon in South Australia about 85km south of Moomba. After making enquiries it was discovered an off-road motorcycle rider had crashed and dislocated his shoulder. A vehicle from the nearby Merty Merty station transported the injured rider back to the station where a ground ambulance then transferred him for medical treatment.

These three incidents show how valuable an emergency beacon is when you are going to remote areas. A properly registered, GPS encoded, 406MHZ distress beacon is your best chance of being rescued in an emergency.

For more information or to register your beacon for free, click here.

by Australian Maritime Safety Authority


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