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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A couple and their two teenaged daughters were rescued by a Royal Navy warship when they activated their McMurdo SMARTFIND EPIRB in the South Atlantic, after hitting a ‘growler’, a submerged iceberg.

The Hollinsclough, an Oyster 60, is now feared lost but the family, Carl Lomas, his wife Tracey Worth and their two daughters are safe after Falmouth Coastguard responded to the 406 MHz emergency signal from their SMARTFIND.  Falmouth Coastguard informed McMurdo Ltd that they  picked up the position as being 285 miles north-east of South Georgia and contacted the Falkland Island authorities to co-ordinate a rescue. John Rossiter, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager reported “It seems that the yacht hit a low lying iceberg in bad weather and broached. There were 50 knot winds from the west.”


An injured hunter was rescued in a remote forest in North Island, New Zealand, when search and rescue (SAR) authorities responded to a signal from a Fast Find 211 Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) manufactured by the company.


A McMurdo FAST FIND 211 Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) was used by Australian adventurer Tom Smitheringale to successfully alert search and rescue services when he fell through ice into freezing waters in the remote Arctic. The Canadian Air Force brought Tom to safety within hours of receiving his distress signal.

Tom, from Australia, had set out from McClintock Inlet at the northernmost edge of Canada on 26th February with the aim of reaching the geographic North Pole solo and unsupported. A few days later on 15th April, after 48 days of trekking, Tom suffered the accident that plunged him into water at sub-zero temperatures.


ENGLAND: A McMurdo Fast Find Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) was used to enable Air Traffic Control to track and safely guide a light aircraft to a safe landing, which had suffered a complete electrical failure.

The Fast Find was activated when the aircraft, a Cessna T303 Crusader, operated by Oasis Flight, was returning to Oxford from a commercial flight to Pontoise in France on December 19th 2009. As the aircraft approached the French Coast at 19.45 the Pilot lost all electrical services and thus had no lighting, navigational equipment or means of radio communication. The mobile phone had a very poor signal.