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!

New Zealander Patrick Cahill describes how he was recently rescued following an accident on a hunting trip.

“My Queens birthday hunting expedition took a serious turn when catching my foot on a rock resulted in a tumble which dislocated my knee.  While not in immediate danger this injury left me unable to walk, especially taking into account the rough terrain and the distance from our car.  After assessing our situation my hunting mate and I decided the only course of action was to activate my McMurdo FastFind 211 PLB. 


On the 9th June 2012 my son Boyd & I decided to go hunting down Patea Dam for a meat deer.  So off we headed in the boat reaching our hunting spot at 4.30pm.  As it was just getting dark we decided to walk out with our head lights on.

We came to a small washout where two planks had been placed across as a bridge.  Boyd crossed first and then me, at the very end of the planks I slipped, landing backwards with my right leg under me,  my rifle went up in the air and came down hitting me on the knee.  On trying to get up I knew I was in trouble, my knee had swollen and I was in an awful lot of pain. 


Fast Find has saved the life of a British adventurer, who was successfully rescued in the North Pacific, after activating her McMurdo Fast Find Personal Locater Beacon (PLB) on the 7th June. 27 year old Oxford Graduate, Sarah Outen was attempting to become the first woman to row solo from Japan to Canada, as part of a two and a half year expedition to complete a loop of the planet using only human power. Sarah was 560 miles from the coast of Japan when her 23ft ocean rowing boat, Gullivar, was hit by tropical storm, Mawar. High winds and rough seas caused Gulliver to capsize.With the boat damaged and water seeping in, Sarah took the decision to activate her PLB.


A McMurdo EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) has saved the lives of five fishermen, who were successfully rescued when they activated the beacon after a fire broke out on their vessel.

The fishermen from ‘Onward’, a fishing vessel registered in Buckie were 50 miles north-west of the Orkney town of Stromness when the fire forced them to evacuate to life rafts. The Shetland Coastguard received the alert at 13:28 on Wednesday 11th April from the UK registered McMurdo beacon and broadcast an alert to all vessels in the area.