Rescues

Find out about the latest rescues

Over the years, McMurdo safety equipment has saved hundreds of lives all over the world both at sea and on land. Fishermen, yachtsmen, transatlantic rowers, Arctic explorers, hunters, hikers and more owe their lives to our products. You can read just some of these experiences here – browse through the list below, you can filter by year, or read stories about a particular region using the map.

Why not share your own McMurdo rescue story with everyone? If you have used one of our products to alert the rescue services in a life threatening situation then we’d love to hear about it. Simply click the link below to find out more. If we publish your story then we will replace your beacon free of charge!

A 70-year old tramper / hiker was rescued from Orongorongo Valley, near Wellington, New Zealand after activating her Fast Find PLB following a heavy fall.

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 A Fast Find PLB helped in the rescue of an injured tramper, in New Zealand's Nelson Lakes National Park.

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A man was rescued from his leisure fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico after it got into mechnical difficulties. In his own Ricardo Argudo describes how he needed to activate his Personal Locator Beacon after discovering that the VHF radio set was missing from his boat.

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A kayaking coach on a day's paddle has used his FastFind PLB to help evacuate a seriously injured kayaker. Sam Milne is head coach at Canterbury Kayaking on New Zealand's South Island. In his own words he describes how his FastFind PLB was used  after coming across a seriously injured fellow kayaker on thr Styx river near Hokitika.

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