Having an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) sure does seem like a good idea when you need it! The Coast Guard rescued four boaters 14 miles off the coast of Cumberland Island, GA on Saturday, after a 25-foot sport boat they were aboard capsized. The Coast Guard received a mayday call over VHF channel 16, followed by an EPIRB notification after the boaters’ 25-foot Hydro Sport capsized. They were all wearing life jackets. The EPIRB was considered to be instrumental in the timely and successful rescue of the boaters. The crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Sea Dog arrived on scene and rescued the boaters. All four boaters were transferred to a Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot rescue boat crew. Also involved in the case was the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office and Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.
Courtesy of www.coastguardnews.com.