If McMurdo Calls, Will Rescue Come? All GPS-equipped 406 MHz Emergency Beacons are not created equal. ETS has completed an extraordinary ground breaking evaluation of these beacons under real-world conditions. A 200+ page report details the findings of tests of six GPS-enabled EPIRBs and PLBs from three manufacturers. Excerpts from this report and details of the testing and results are now available on ETS, along with the 17 critical Conclusions about what works and what doesn't and 23 Recommendations for action to address the problems uncovered. Equipped To Survive™ once again takes the lead exposing deficiencies in lifesaving products.
The Life Raft: Don't Leave Your Ship Without It Renowned marine survival authority and author Steven Callahan, a survivor of 76 days adrift himself, shares some insights about what to expect from a life raft.
1998 Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race - NSW State Coroner's Inquest - Testimony and Evidence and Findings. The findings and supporting testimony and evidence from the Coroner's inquest into the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race that cost six sailors their lives.
Lessons Learned: Sailing to Hawaii...The First Attempt. After two years' fastidious preparations, he thought he was prepared. Arnold Rowe recounts the story of his ill-fated voyage to Hawaii, replete with equipment failures, medical problems and a helicopter rescue by the Coast Guard. Images from video clips of the rescue included! Doug Ritter analyzes what went right and what went wrong. Rowe's real life experience also validates some findings from the Marine Life Raft Tests.
Life Raft Safety Alert! If you bought or had your life raft serviced at Inflex Corporation owned by Mr. Michael Bouressa and located in Warwick, Rhode Island, run, don't walk, to your nearest authorized service facility and get the life raft reinspected. Details are in this U.S. Coast Guard Safety Alert (will open a new browser window).
Life Raft Test 2000 Preview the most comprehensive recreational marine life raft evaluations ever done by consumer publications.
Abandon Ship Bag An annotated list of equipment and supplies for an abandon ship bag.
Life Raft Maintenance
Shelter and Personal Protection
Food and Water
Medical & Personal Supplies
Miscellaneous & Multi-Purpose
Doug's Overwater Survival Kit Lists of contents of ETS publisher and editor Doug Ritter's overwater survival kit, also appropriate for use as a marine survival kit.
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