An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services and allow them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system. The alert is then relayed via an earth station to the nearest Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC). As the satellites are in a polar orbit they offer true global coverage – with an EPIRB you can summon help wherever you are on the planet, no matter how remote.
EPIRBs are supplied as standard with a mounting bracket and must be manually activated, however a SOLAS Auto Float Free Housing is also available which automatically deploys and activates the EPIRB when it is submerged.
An EPIRB forms part of the GMDSS mandated equipment package required by law for all commercial vessels over 300 tons, however many non-mandate vessels and leisure boats choose to carry an EPIRB to improve safety and they have been responsible for saving hundreds of lives since they have been introduced.
For commercial and recreational users, the non-GPS E5 transmits on 406 and 121.5MHz and includes a high brightness LED light which helps rescue services locate you at night or in poor visibility; the battery has a minimum 48hr operation and a 6 year storage life. The EPIRB is supplied with a manual release bracket.
The E5 includes a high brightness LED light which helps rescue services locate you at night or in poor visibility. The non-hazardous battery offers a minimum 48hr operation and a 6 year battery life. It is supplied with a SOLAS approved Automatic Float Free Housing.
EPIRBs and Personal Locator Beacons use the COSPAS SARSAT network of satellites to transmit alert information to the appropriate rescue coordination centre. This system has truly worldwide coverage ensuring that a distress signal can be received wherever you are in the world.