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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Brownsville TX
808 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018

...Safe Boating Week Continues...

The following is a safe boating message from the National Safe
Boating Council and the National Weather Service for this years
National Safe Boating Week.

The Cospas-Sarsat system is an international satellite-based
search and rescue system used to locate emergency radio beacons
transmitting on a frequency of 406 MHz. Since 1982, the Cospas-
Sarsat system has been instrumental in the rescue of over 30,000
individuals worldwide and more than 6,700 individuals in the
United States. Within the United States, the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the lead representative to
the Cospas- Sarsat organization.

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons or EPIRBs are a type
of emergency radio beacon developed for use in marine environments.
Other types of emergency radio beacons such as Personal Locator
Beacons or PLBs are available for different applications; however
their effectiveness can be compromised when used in the marine
environment. 406 MHz EPIRBs are divided into two categories.
Category I EPIRBs are activated automatically or may be activated
manually. Category II EPIRBs can only be activated manually.
Either of these two types of EPIRBs may be equipped with GPS which
will help rescue forces locate you more quickly. As proven by
experience, an EPIRB often serves as the last line of defense when
disaster strikes. All types of EPIRBs are becoming increasingly
affordable and all mariners should investigate procuring one,
especially those operating in harsh environments or offshore

Once your purchase is made, make certain that you register your
EPIRB which is mandatory. The information you provide on your
registration may help rescue forces find you faster in an emergency.
This information also allows Rescue Coordination Center personnel
to determine if a distress alert is real or false and prevent the
needless dispatch of rescue forces to locate a false alert. You
may register online at For any
registration questions, please cal1 888-212-7283.

For more information on Cospas-Sarsat or EPIRBs visit:

This message was brought to you by the National Weather Service
and the National Safe Boating Council. Visit the National Weather
Service Brownsville website at and the
National Safe Boating Council at

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