A GME MT600G Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was used in the rescue of 3 people after their vessel experienced multiple issues approximately 41NM East of Gladstone in QLD on the 21st of February, 2021.
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Australia reported the detection of an emergency beacon approximately 41NM East of Gladstone in QLD. The beacon was found to be registered to a nine-metre vessel that was confirmed to be on a voyage around that area. JRCC Australia tasked a rescue helicopter from Bundaberg, a police vessel from Gladstone and a Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) vessel from Round Hill to assist.
The rescue helicopter was first to locate the vessel and after establishing radio contact with the vessel was able to ascertain that they were at anchor due to engine failure and a recently rectified water ingress issue. Additionally, some passengers were experiencing seasickness. The helicopter relayed the location to the VMR vessel who upon arrival, successfully took the stricken vessel in tow back to Round Hill.
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 to sea.
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