An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services and allow them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. The alert is then relayed via an earth station to the nearest Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC). As the satellites are in a polar orbit they offer true global coverage – with an EPIRB you can summon help wherever you are on the planet, no matter how remote.
EPIRBs are supplied as standard with a mounting bracket and must be manually activated, however a SOLAS Auto Float Free Housing is also available which automatically deploys and activates the EPIRB when it is submerged.
An EPIRB forms part of the GMDSS mandated equipment package required by law for all commercial vessels over 300 tons, however many non-mandate vessels and leisure boats choose to carry an EPIRB to improve safety and they have been responsible for saving hundreds of lives since they have been introduced.
Designed to meet the requirements of both the commercial and recreational user, the McMurdo SmartFind E5 EPIRB (Manual Bracket) features transmits on 406 and 121.5MHz and includes a high brightness LED light which helps rescue services locate you at night or in poor visibility. Location is determined within 5km (3 miles) by measuring the doppler shift of the EPIRB’s signal through the Cospas-Sarsat network. Once in the area, rescue services are then able to pinpoint your precise location using inbuilt 121.5Mhz homing transmitter.
The SmartFind E5 EPIRB battery offers a minimum 48hr operation and a 6 year battery life. The SmartFind E5 also features a comprehensive diagnostic and self-test facility to keep you up to date on remaining battery usage and EPIRB operation. The SmartFind E5 is supplied with a manual release bracket.
- 406/121.5MHz EPIRB
- International approval
- High brightness flashing LED light
- Minimum 48hr continuous operation
- 6 year battery storage life
- Comprehensive self test facility with battery use indicator
- Automatic float free housing deploys the EPIRB when submerged over 2-4m
- 5 year warranty