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Be aware, be very aware - it's 406Day

Celebrating the tens of thousands of lives saved by using 406 MHz beacons and the Cospas-Sarsat Satellite system, 406Day is held annually on 6 April.

As a distributor for PLBs and EPIRBs, Seawork exhibitor Ocean Safety has joined forces with its supplier, Ocean Signal, to raise awareness on ‘406Day’ of the benefits and responsibilities of owning a 406 MHz beacon. 406Day was initiated by Ocean Signal’s sister company, Florida-based ACR Electronics, eight years ago to help people understand how to register, use and maintain their beacons correctly.

Ocean Safety recently appointed round the world sailor Dee Caffari MBE as an ambassador for its ranges of lifesaving products, while supporting a strong message of safety awareness.

Dee said: “406Day is a really good opportunity to highlight some important safety checks and procedures for beacon owners. EPIRBs, for the vessel, and PLBs, which are registered to a person, are a fast and effective way to send an alert and enable the search and rescue authorities to identify and locate a casualty. However, it is vital that these essential safety devices are properly registered and maintained so that the beacons can be relied upon to function correctly when activated. The Cospas-Sarsat EPIRB system and its use of 406 MHz signals save lives, but it is a technology that requires responsibility.”

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) are carried ready for activation in an emergency to instantly access rescue services via the designated 406 MHz Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. Each 406 MHz beacon transmits a unique digital code that identifies the type of beacon and allows registration data such as the beacon owner, the type of vessel and emergency points of contact, to be associated with the device.

Ocean Safety offers visual inspection and test sequence checks and can assist with registry queries, battery replacements, fitting PLBs to customer lifejackets, safe disposal of unwanted PLBs and EPIRBs and special offers on new units.

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