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!

Hand held Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) use satellite technology to locate individuals lost, injured, or stranded in the wilderness  
At approximately 8:29 AM on Friday October 1, 2010 a rented McMurdo Fast Find 210 Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) was activated in the Grand Canyon. The PLB was rented to a Denver, CO man who was backpacking in the Grand Canyon.


A Fast Find Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) manufactured by McMurdo Ltd saved two lives at sea yesterday when its signal alerted rescue agencies to the plight of two French sailors in the mid-Atlantic ocean.

The emergency beacon alert from McMurdo’s Fast Find PLB alerted Falmouth Coastguard, via the 406 MHz international search and rescue satellite system, that the crew, brothers aged 36 and 40, were in distress in the North Atlantic.


The EPIRB used by 16 year old Abby Sunderland to alert rescuers to her plight in the Indian Ocean during an attempted solo circumnavigation was manufactured by McMurdo Ltd.

The McMurdo Precision 406 GPS EPIRB, which was replaced by the McMurdo SMARTFIND Plus in 2006, was activated by Abby, who was aiming to be the youngest person to sail solo non-stop around the world, after her Open 40 yacht Wild Eyes was dismasted in a 60 knot tropical storm in the southern Indian Ocean.


The signal from a McMurdo SMARTFIND EPIRB resulted in an international operation to locate a Joint Services Adventurers Sail Training Centre  (JSASTC) yacht.

The transmission from the SMARTFIND, which was received close to Cape Horn, alerted Search and Rescue services at Falmouth Coastguard UK, which co-ordinated the search.  The HMSTV Challenger had suffered a massive knock down and the SMARTFIND was washed overboard, automatically becoming activated.