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.

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On Monday 4th June 2012 Dannevirke Hunt (Inc) activated their Personal Location Beacon (PLB) during a meet on a property on Wilder Road, Porangahau (approx. 40 kms south of Waipukurau).
A horse and rider had both comedowq while jumping and the female rider, who was in her 20's fell very heavily and was trapped under her horse.


A McMurdo EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) has saved the lives of two Trans-Atlantic rowers, who were successfully rescued when they activated the beacon after their boat sank in the middle of the Atlantic.

The transatlantic rowers, Briton Tom Fancett and Dutchman Tom Sauer, were nine days into the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile endurance rowing event from the Canary Islands to Barbados, when a freak wave struck their boat and caused it to capsize and sink.


A New Zealand couple, while on holiday hiking in the French mountains came across a woman who had fallen over and broken her ankle. Luckliy they were carrying a Fast Find 211 PLB which they activated, as there was no mobile phone coverage. This quickly alerted the rescue authorities, who were able to pinpoint the casualty's location through the Fast Find's GPS.

A rescue helicopter arrived and took the casualty to a local hospital where her leg injuries were treated.


Three crew members of the fishing vessel, Bear, were airlifted to safety by a US Coastguard helicopter after their boat ran aground in Aniakchak Bay, 196 miles southwest of Kodiak, Alaska. The crew were able to alert the emergency services to their situation by activating their E5 SMARTFIND Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), manufactured by McMurdo.

The US Coastguard received the EPIRB’s emergency signal via the COSPAS SARSAT international search and rescue system at 0323 on 30th August. This gave the first indication that the F/V Bear required assistance, and indicated the vessel’s location. The Coastguard were able to identify the vessel as the 52-foot Homer-registered vessel, via the EPIRB’s registration details.