Personal Locator Beacons
Emergency Locator Beacons
GME have 2 world class emergency locator beacons. These are an exceptionally good investment for people that like going to out of the way places in Australia on land and sea. With these devices you don't have to worry about mobile phone coverage or go to the expense of a satellite phone if you strike trouble. Once you set off the beacon it starts off a process that sends the correct authorities to the beacons location. This is why when turned on, you need to stay with the beacon.
It uses GPS or satellite network global positioning system to track your distress signal and the search and rescue authorities then send out the closest rescue team to your location. Be it at sea or on land.
The other vitally important thing is don't activate it unless you really need the help and have exhausted other possible options. The people that come out are not very happy if you have called them out for a minor issue. It is an emergency beacon designed to save your life if in imminent danger and is not a taxi service.
You can't use the beacon to communicate with anyone. It simply emits a signal for the rescue coordination centre to home in and find you. Before sending anyone, they will try any emergency contacts you had previously sent them when registering the device and you of course.
Why do you need an emergency locator beacon?
If you are the adventurous type and like going off the beaten track, heading to the most remote locations in the most rugged wilderness or heading far out to sea, then you won't need this. The reason is adventurous people have supreme confidence in their abilities so nothing will go wrong. If you are a family member or close friend of an adventurous person, then for their safety, you need to buy them one. They probably won't even thank you for it, until they have to use it.
Will the emergency locator beacon work overseas?
The answer to this is yes and no. The Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a no, the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a yes.
PLB - All of Australia only including 2 nautical miles out to sea.
EPIRB - Designed for boats and yachts sailing on the seas. You could be halfway to Africa and activate it. Rescue craft will be sent from the nearest point to look for you.