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Movie Prop HMS Bounty Sinks During Hurricane, 14 Crew Rescued

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 14 of 16 crew members from a replica of the HMS Bounty on Monday after receiving a distress signal from the ship’s EPIRB, which was activated after the vessel began taking on water in rough seas 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina. The ship eventually sank and one of the missing was found but could not be revived. The Bounty’s captain is still missing.

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Employee Spotlight: Delia Gonzalez – since 1969

Started working at ACR on February 12, 1969.

In today’s ever changing workforce, long tenured employees are a thing of the past. According to the United States Department of Labor, the median number of years that workers have been with their current employer is 4.6 years.   But this is not the case for Delia Gonzalez of ACR Electronics Inc., who celebrated her 43rd anniversary with the company this year.

Delia first started at ACR on February 12, 1969 assembling magnesium batteries.  Over the past 43 years, Delia has witnessed the company mature into a world leader in Safety and Survival technologies where she plays a major roll as the Production Supervisor for all Land and Sea distress beacons and strobe lights.  If you own an ACR EPIRB, Personal Locator Beacon or strobe light…it was made by Delia and her teams.

“You don’t work someplace for 43 years if you don’t love the company, and I certainly love working here,” Delia said.   “You also have to have some fight in you to get through the tough times, but fortunately the tough times are far and few between here, which is reassuring that we’re doing a good job and people like the products we make for them.”

And FIGHT is definitely something Delia has plenty of…

In November 2009, Delia was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Her news sent shock waves throughout ACR.  “Along with my 2 sons and 2 granddaughters, ACR is also a big part of my family, and my family is the most important thing to me.  I fight for my family, and I still fight because of them. “

And fight she did, Delia was pronounced Cancer Free 2 Years 9 Months and 1 Day ago.  Remarkably during her fight, she only missed 3 months of work.  Delia is a catalyst in production and her work ethic and fight inspires all of us.

Having beaten her own battle with Cancer, Delia has now gone on the offensive by joining up with various local groups to help raise awareness for a cure.  Delia will be joining thousands of other supporters tomorrow at the Race for a Cure 5K walk and run.  If you live in the Miami/Broward area and want to join the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure tomorrow with Delia please sign up today (Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Bayfront Park in Miami). Register Here.

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Hero or Pirate? French Boat’s Rescuer Seeks $200K Award

Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The San Francisco Chronicle

The following article appeared in the October 10th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Local sailor Todd Tholke is either a Good Samaritan or a high-seas pirate.

On Sept. 30, Tholke was a hero when he went out on the bay in the middle of the night to single-handedly rescue the runaway French catamaran Energy. The America’s Cup World Series boat snapped its mooring line at Piers 30-32 that night and drifted off into the darkness, unmanned and out of control. It fetched up on the rocks of Treasure Island, where it was spotted from the land by Tholke.

At 3:30 a.m., Tholke pulled it off the shore with his 14-foot Boston Whaler. He then towed it to the Treasure Isle Marina and handed it back to the racing team.

The French were so grateful they offered to give Tholke a ride on the bay.

But Friday, as the French prepared for the regatta, Tholke’s representatives presented them with a warrant from U.S. District Court to “arrest” the boat and take it into custody as soon as Sunday’s races were over.

Based on a law from the 1800s, Tholke’s attorney John Edgcomb said in court documents, the rescue had established “a valid maritime salvage claim” and Tholke was entitled to “a liberal maritime salvage award.” Edgcomb said the amount was up to the court, but something “in excess of $200,000.”


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The Mystery of the Giant Eyeball Finally Solved…??

This is the giant mystery eyeball that washed ashore near Pompano Beach, FL last week....

The top trending topics on the Internet the past few days have centered around the stories of two orbs – one celestial (did you hear about the skydiver who was hoping to safely land on the blue and green orb we live on?) and the other, well, of unknown origin. It’s the story of a giant, mysterious eyeball that washed up on the shore in Pompano Beach, FL. Experts from all over weighed in, and most guessed that it was likely from a giant squid, a large billfish or a really big shark (megalodons are still extinct, right?). It now appears the mystery is solved. After several days of careful study, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission believes they know which animal the eyeball belongs to:

After examining an eye found on a south Florida beach this week, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) believe the specimen came from a swordfish. Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification.

“Experts on site and remotely have viewed and analyzed the eye, and based on its color, size and structure, along with the presence of bone around it, we believe the eye came from a swordfish,” said Joan Herrera, curator of collections at the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. “Based on straight-line cuts visible around the eye, we believe it was removed by a fisherman and discarded.”

The approximately softball-size eye was recovered by a citizen in Pompano Beach on Wednesday. FWC staff received the eye later that day. Swordfish are commonly fished in the Florida Straits offshore of south Florida at this time of year.

A highly migratory fish, swordfish can be found from the surface to as deep as 2,000 feet. Swordfish in the Atlantic can reach a maximum size of over 1,100 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Swordfish feed on a wide variety of fish and invertebrates.

…and this is a close-up photo of a large swordfish. Mystery solved?

Was this your guess??

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Did You Know?

Did you know that of the 533 recreational boating drowning victims in 2011 almost 80% were not wearing a life jacket? Make sure your boat is equipped with an ACR rescue beacon and enough life jackets for all on board. We recommend Mustang Survival, manufacturer of top quality recreational and professional flotation devices and survival accessories. Register now to win an ACR ResQLink+ Personal Locator Beacon and a Mustang Survival HIT Inflatable PFD in our Ultimate Survival Combo sweepstakes. Three winners will be randomly selected on October 31st.

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Enter to Win a Free ACR ResQLink+ Personal Locator Beacon and Mustang HIT Inflatable PFD

Register for a chance to win a Free ACR ResQLink+™ Personal Locator Beacon and a Mustang HIT Inflatable PFD. Sweepstakes registration begins October 1, 2012 and three (3) grand prize winners will be randomly selected on October 31, 2012.

Limited 1 Entry Per Person, and is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 13 years of age or older at time of entry.  View complete contest rules.

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ACR Electronics Introduces

Survivors to Promote Safety with Personal Rescue Stories

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLACR Electronics is pleased to announce the new ACR ARTEX Survivor Club, where membership definitely has its rewards. provides those who have used an ACR 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or an ARTEX 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) in an emergency with an opportunity to share their stories, trade-in their used beacon for a new one and to be included on the company’s Wall of Fame.

“We see as building a forum that will promote a very important public service message that satellite detectible 406 MHz beacons are the ultimate way out of trouble, and literally are saving lives somewhere around the planet nearly every day,” said Michael Wilkerson, CEO of ACR Electronics, Inc and ARTEX.

Since the inception of the Cospas-Sarsat Search and Rescue program in 1982, electronic beacons transmitting distress signals have resulted in over 30,000 people rescued worldwide (6,800-plus in the U.S.).

Survivor Club membership, according to Wilkerson, is open to all those who have activated an ACR or ARTEX beacon in an emergency.  However, anyone activating a beacon in an emergency after October 1, 2012 has the added benefit of receiving a new replacement beacon in exchange for the beacon used in the rescue. Survivor Club members can share their experiences online and see the beacon used in their rescue memorialized on ACR’s Wall of Fame with a plaque along with their picture.

“An important aspect of keeping boaters, aviators and outdoor enthusiasts safe is educating them on the lifesaving benefits of having access to a 406 MHz distress beacon,” said Wilkerson. “Not only will the beacon greatly improve their chances of survival, but it also greatly reduces the risk to the brave men and women searching for them.  Who better to promote this safety message than survivors who have actually been rescued.”

When appropriate, Wilkerson said ACR ARTEX will also honor new Survivor Club inductees at upcoming boating, outdoors and aviation shows as well as acknowledge those retailers where the beacons were originally purchased.