Thursday, 19 October 2017
EPIRB FALSE ALARM... Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol member Adam Mumford fills in the paperwork after an EPIRB was falsely activated on Thursday, September 21. Adam said the incident is a timely reminder to check safety gear before summer. EPIRB FALSE ALARM... Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol member Adam Mumford fills in the paperwork after an EPIRB was falsely activated on Thursday, September 21. Adam said the incident is a timely reminder to check safety gear before summer.

EPIRB activation false alarm

PORT Victoria Coastal Patrol, police and the rescue helicopter got a pre-summer training run when a boatie accidentally set off his emergency beacon on Thursday, September 21.

Coastal patrol was alerted after the EPIRB call was received in Canberra and transferred to Adelaide, identifying a kayaker in distress one nautical mile west of Balgowan.

When crews arrived the kayaker turned out to be a boatie who was in no distress, but had set off the distress signal accidentally.

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