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!

A hunter has been rescued after spending 10 hours trying to find a route down to a river valley in a remote part of New Zealand's South Island. Having reviewed his options he activated his Fast Find PLB. Within a few hours 2 rescue helicopters had arrived, but due to the hazards of operating in the dark in difficult terrain returned at first light the following morning to complete the rescue.

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Two hikers, walking close to Big Pine Mountain in the Los Padres National Forest in California, were rescued thanks to their Fast Find 210 PLB. They had got in to difficulties after attempting to hike through snow; the cold and wet weather caused them both to start suffering from hypothermia.

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Two trampers, one with a broken ankle were rescued from a trail near Mount Taranaki in December 2012 in New Zealand's North Island after activating their Fastfind 211 PLB.

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McMurdo has helped save the lives of an injured couple in the Pacific Ocean after activitaing their Smartfind G5 EPIRB, when their boat capsized in a storm.

British yachtsman, 52 year old Stephen Jones and Tania Davies, 43 from New Zealand were making their way from Tonga to New Zealand when the storm struck on 7th November and their 38ft yacht, Windigo, capsized whilst battling 50mph winds and 30ft-high waves.

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