A GME MT400 Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was used in the rescue of a person after their vessel overturned in the surf zone off Palmer Point in QLD on the 8th of March, 2021.
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Australia reported the detection of an emergency beacon south of Cairns in QLD. The beacon was found to be registered to a 4.3-meter dinghy that was confirmed to be on a journey in the area with one person and a dog on board. JRCC Australia tasked the Cairns based rescue helicopter and diverted a local trawler to assist. QLD police also arranged a local response vessel from Russell Heads.
The responding assets arrived on scene after dark and reported locating the vessel overturned in the surf. The occupant was observed to be ashore on the beach where a 5m crocodile is known to frequent. The rescue helicopter was able to land and recovered the survivor and his dog and return them to Cairns uninjured.
This rescue serves to remind us how important it is to carry PLBs and EPIRBs and ensure that their registration details are up to date before heading out to sea.
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