FORT LAUDERDALE, FL— The message from two recreational fisherman, whose recent outings ended with the sudden loss of their boats, is “never leave shore without an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons).”
For captains Terry Womble and his five fishing buddies and Jonnie Brown and his three pals, in the last voyage of their boats—Dirty Pool II and Attitude Adjuster— ACR EPIRBs played a central role in turning a potential tragedy into a happy ending with captains and crew members returning safely to their homes and families.
Both captains lost their fishing boats in similar scenarios—Womble’s in the Gulf of Mexico near Carabelle, Florida and Brown’s some 50 miles off North Carolina’s Carteret County in the Atlantic. Both crafts, according to the rescue stories posted on the ACR SurvivorClub.com website, sank quickly after suddenly taking on water.
For their first person rescue accounts, go to www.survivorclub.com and click on Johnnie/Ayden, NC and Terry/Tallahassee, FL.
The Survivor Club, introduced by ACR ARTEX in October of this year, 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.
Since the inception of the Cospas-Sarsat Search and Rescue program in 1982, electronic distress beacons have resulted in over 30,000 people rescued worldwide (6,800-plus in the U.S.)
Survivor Club membership 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.
When appropriate, 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.