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How to use an EPIRB

2 March 2020

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a small electronic device that can help Search and Rescue authorities find people in distress when it is activated in a life-threatening situation.

You should only use an EPIRB when there is a threat of grave and imminent danger.

During an emergency, you should first try to communicate with others close by using radios, phones and other signalling devices. Mobile phones can be used but should not be relied on as they can be out of range, have low batteries or become water-damaged

Watch the video below to see how to use and test your EPIRB and when you need to have one on board.

An EPIRB can save your life. Find more information about EPIRBs here.