GME MT600 Aids in Rescue Off Rainbow Beach

A GME MT600 Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was used in the rescue of 4 people after their vessel capsized off Rainbow Beach, QLD on the 23rd of April, 2021.

Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Australia reported the detection of an emergency beacon registered to a 6.1m vessel with a position off Rainbow Beach, north of Double Island Point, QLD.

JRCC Australia transferred coordination to the Hervey Bay Water Police who tasked a local Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) vessel and a rescue helicopter to the scene. Meanwhile contact was made with the beacons emergency contact who provided vessel and POB details, confirming to Water Police that there was 4 people on board.

The Tin Can Bay VMR vessel arrived on scene and discovered all 4 persons uninjured atop the upturned vessels hull and successfully rescued them before attempting, unsuccessfully to tow the upturned vessel back to shore.

This 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 on any voyage.

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