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emergency position indication radio beacon (EPIRB)

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a radio buoy or beacon used to indicate an emergency position.

Radio beacon, Emergency Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), Photo: Gommonauti.it

Radio beacon, Emergency Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), Photo: Gommonauti.it

An EPIRB radio beacon is an emergency beacon that is deployed by a ship in distress and used by the rescue team to locate the ship. Once deployed and activated, the EPIRB radio beacon transmits on the international emergency radio frequency of 406 MHz, which is received and evaluated by the Cospas-Sarsat system or by a navigation satellite. The satellite service then sends the distress signal with the position coordinates to the ships that are in close proximity to the ship in distress.

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Updated at: 23.03.2018
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