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Safety Alert: Personal Locator Beacons (PLB’s)

In the first half of 2019 there were over a dozen emergency callouts and rescues of sea paddlers.

The need to have a means of calling for help, which is to hand, has been demonstrated by the success of these rescues.

Recent incidents have often involved experienced paddlers who did not expect to get into trouble. Typically they were:

  • In environments or conditions they felt familiar with
  • Paddling alone or in a small group
  • Carrying basic emergency equipment or clothing
  • Subject to an unforeseen incident or had underestimated the conditions
  • As a minimum carried a mobile phone in a water proof case as a means of communication
  • Some of these paddlers had invested in Personal Locator Beacons (PLB’s)

These are becoming far more popular given their ease to carry, effectiveness in calling for help and pinpoint satellite location. At a cost of around £200 with no further ongoing charges they last, typically, between 5 – 6 years making them a good long term investment.

To view the full safety alert, please click here.