Using distress beacons

Once an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) has been activated, leave it on until instructed by rescue authorities to switch it off.

Your EPIRB is the best reference point for rescuers whose aircraft, vessels and vehicles may not be able to remain in the same location as you throughout the emergency.

If you must abandon your vessel, attach the EPIRB to yourself.

More information about using distress beacons can be found on the AMSA website.


Distress beacons must be disabled before disposal.

Check the beacon manufacturer's instructions for disablement, and contact a local waste management facility to see about disposing of your unwanted beacon in an environmentally friendly way.

Alternatively, contact your local battery store to check whether they disconnect and dispose of beacons. A small fee may apply.

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