Renting a Beacon Could Save Your Life

Renting a Beacon Could Save Your Life

Being prepared for the “unexpected” is big part of boating safety. Take along some peace of mind on your next water adventure, whether that includes a fishing trip, paddle sports fun, a weekend getaway, a trip up the coast, a day out on the lake, or you’re headed out to sea. Before you leave, be sure to pack an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). During this year’s National Safe Boating Week, consider renting a beacon for yourself or your vessel the next time you’re planning a boating trip, but don’t just limit it to this week. You can rent a beacon any time throughout the year!

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In case you’re not familiar with these devices, beacons are used in emergency situations to help rescuers find you within minutes. An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is designed for a specific vessel and is meant to be mounted on the vessel or as part of your ditch bag. The Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a smaller beacon designed to be worn – usually on a life jacket – or carried on a belt or backpack strap for hikers.

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Both types of beacons are designed to send your location to a satellite, which is then shared with a nearby Coast Guard Command Center. From there, a search and rescue watch commander will be alerted, allowing for help to be dispatched in the event that you cannot save yourself or your vessel.

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Through the Sea Tow Foundation’s beacon rental program, we offer both EPIRBs and PLBs from our friends at ACR Electronics that can be rented weekly for you and your boat.

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If you decide to rent a beacon from us, you’ll want to reserve it at least two weeks before your planned boating trip so that there is time to mail the beacon to you. The rental fee includes return shipping using the same box the device comes in so that you can easily return it to us at the end of the rental period.

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More details on cost and logistics can be found on our site here. Beacons are important pieces of safety gear that can save your life, so consider renting one for your next big boating trip and know that you’re prepared for anything.

 

Written by  Gail Kulp

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