Monday, July 21, 2008

After Quick Activation of Locating Device, Kauai Fishermen Saved by Coast Guard

All fishermen were reported to be wearing life jackets and are in good condition. The fishermen used a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) to send a distress signal. “Had they not had a PLB, we wouldn’t have gotten the notification until hours later when they would have failed to show up at home,” said Chief Petty Officer Seth Haynes, the Coast Guard District 14 search and rescue control chief.” We were able to respond in ten minutes rather than several hours.” The weather at the time was reported by the fishermen to the Coast Guard as strong, blustery tradewinds at 20 knots out of the north-northeast and seas of seven feet.

The use of this "personal locator beacon" probably saved their lives.


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