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!

Two women were rescued by helicopter after one of them was injured in a fall, while hiking between Kaweka and Kaimanawa near Napier, north Island, New Zealand.

"My friend and I were on our fourth day of an 8 day Kaweka-Kaimanawa tramp.  We are both experienced trampers and were well-equipped for winter tramping...

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A hiker activated his Fast Find PLB to summon a rescue helicopter after breaking his leg following a fall: “On Sunday 7 October at midday I was descending from Kime Hut in the Tararuas with my 16 year old son. I had a heavy pack for a 4 day tramp and was just beside Denham peak when I accidentally stepped into an open space/hole in the track, fell and rolled down below the track. My tibia and fibula were both broken so my foot was only connected by skin and muscle and very painful.

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McMurdo has helped save the life of a solo sailor, who was successfully rescued off the coast of Cornwall after activating his McMurdo Fast Find PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) on the 30th September.

68 year old solo sailing enthusiast, Richard Coles, was returning to his base at Mayflower Marina in Plymouth from Portmellon in Cornwall onboard his 39ft Benteau Oceanis 393 when he ran in to difficulty. On trying to untangle the yacht’s genoa, weather conditions caused the vessel to lurch, forcing Mr Coles overboard – solo and unable to get back onboard, he took the decision to activate his Fast Find PLB.

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Earlier this year a British man was successfully rescued from the wilderness of the Kahurangi National Park in New Zealand after activating his McMurdo Fast Find Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) on Wednesday 7th March.

61 year old Chris Painter injured his knee during a ten day fishing trip and being alone and unable to move, was in desperate need of help. Luckily Mr Painter, who had emigrated to New Zealand from Ilkley, West Yorkshire eight years ago was carrying a PLB, which he had purchased in the UK ten years previously.

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