The Coast Guard recently rescued two cruisers off the Texas coast after their sailboat was damaged in a storm. The one piece of equipment credited with saving their lives was an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).
To date, more than 20,000 lives have been saved using EPIRBs—more than 1,500 per year. An EPIRB emits a signal on a special distress frequency that is transmitted by satellites to the nearest rescue facility. The signal provides rescuers with your boat’s location to within three