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WHAT TO DO WITH OLD EPIRBs
WHEN AN EPIRB SIGNAL was activated on the night of October 9, 2013, the Coast Guard sta- tion near New Smyrna Beach, Florida, sprung
into action. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast
went out, and a rescue ship from nearby Ponce De
Leon Inlet searched the area for hours. Finding nothing, they returned to the base in the early morning
hours, as other Coast Guard personnel tried to track
down the owner to verify the distress signal. When
they made contact, the owner told them he’d thrown
the EPIRB into a marina trash can, which was quickly
found to be the source of the signal.
Officials from NOAA’s Satellite Search and Rescue
Program (SARSAT) say improper EPIRB disposal is a
growing problem; as units are replaced with newer
models, the old ones end up in the trash. If the battery
isn’t removed, the old EPIRB can end up activating in a
dumpster or landfill when it makes contact with water.
In 2012, there were 178 cases of false activations, up
55 percent from the total in 2010.
“These false alerts waste the precious time and resources of the Coast Guard that
should be used for real emergencies,” according to NOAA program manager Chris
O’Connor. As more EPIRBs with new features continue to hit the market, NOAA expects
the number of false activations to continue to grow. Luckily, O’Connor says, the fix is
simple: When getting rid of an old locator beacon, always remove the batteries first.
Check with your local recycling center for safe battery disposal. — C.L.
reengage props until
the animals have
surfaced clear of the
vessel. If your vessel
is turned off, periodically tapping on your
hull may alert them
to your presence and
help avoid collisions.
Keep your food
wildlife can disrupt
their ability to find
natural food and can
increase their depen-
dence on and reduce
their fear of people.
This can increase the
likelihood of harmful
careful of onboard
trash. Keep a lid on
your trash can, and
be careful not to let
trash blow overboard,
If you suspect an
animal is injured,
do not take matters
into your own hands.
Contact a member of the Marine