COSPAS-SARSAT Rescues as of:
August 15, 2008
Number of Persons Rescued (To Date) in the United
Rescues at sea: 148 people rescued in 42 incidents
Aviation rescues: 3 people rescued in 3 incidents
PLB rescues: 40 people rescued in 25 incidents
Worldwide – Over 24,500+ People Rescued (since 1982)
United States – 5,949 People Rescued (since 1982)
Numbers from 2007
people rescued in 130 incidents in
Rescues at sea: 235 people rescued in 73 incidents
Aviation rescues: 30 people rescued in 19 incidents
PLB rescues: 88 people rescued in 38 incidents
Satellites Primed for Spike in Summer Distress Calls
here to read NOAA’s latest Press Release From
June 4, 2008
Satellites Help Save 23 People in the North Atlantic
here to read NOAA’s Press Release from April
121.5 MHz EPIRBs become illegal to operate on January 1, 2007
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Around the world...around the clock...NOAA proudly stands watch.
As an integral part of worldwide search and rescue, NOAA operates the Search
And Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) System to detect and locate
mariners, aviators, and recreational enthusiasts in distress almost anywhere
in the world at anytime and in almost any condition.
The SARSAT system uses NOAA satellites in low-earth
and geostationary orbits to detect and locate aviators, mariners, and
land-based users in distress. The satellites relay distress signals from
emergency beacons to a network of ground stations and ultimately to the U.S.
Mission Control Center (USMCC) in Suitland, Maryland. The USMCC processes the
distress signal and alerts the appropriate search and rescue authorities to
who is in distress and, more importantly, where they are located. Truly,
SARSAT takes the "search" out of search and rescue!
NOAA-SARSAT is a part of the international
Cospas-Sarsat Program to which 38 nations and two independent SAR
organizations belong to. To find out more about SARSAT please feel free to
explore our website. We hope you enjoy your visit!
SARSAT - A Lifeline To Survival!