Kannad Marine SafeLink activation results in rescue of young Briton from NZ Mountain

21st October 2013

Kannad Marine, a business of the Orolia Group (NYSE Alternext Paris - FR0010501015 - ALORO) has helped save the life of a British boy, from the mountainside of Mount Taranaki in New Zealand after his expedition leader activated the Kannad Marine SafeLink SOLO PLB (Personal Locator Beacon).

The fifteen year old school boy was on a training expedition on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island, with World Challenge Expeditions Ltd, when he fell and injured his hip.

After the PLB had been activated, it alerted the emergency services in Falmouth, over 11,000 miles away where the device had been registered, by using the global 406 MHz search and rescue satellite communication system, COSPAS SARSAT*. In turn, the emergency services contacted their rescue colleagues in New Zealand to coordinate the boys rescue.

Stuart Morris, Head of Safety at World Challenge Expeditions Ltd comments, "World Challenge issues all of its expedition teams with Personal Locator Beacons to provide a fail-safe way of them alerting us to an incident. Some of our expedition itineraries involve travel in remote areas where establishing other means of communication can be challenging and in that context the beacon is invaluable. Thankfully, serious incidents are rare and so it is not often that one of our teams activates a beacon; when they do, we are informed immediately by global Rescue Coordination Centres who monitor these beacons worldwide. This enables us to react and provide the necessary support swiftly and effectively."

Kannad Marine's range of EPIRBs and PLBs are all designed to operate with the COSPAS SARSAT satellite system which, according to the Cospas-Sarsat website, as of December 2012 "has assisted in the rescue of 33,026 persons in 9,031 distress situations". The beacons alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency by transmitting a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency. The SafeLink SOLO PLB also includes a built-in GPS receiver ensuring that an accurate position of a casualty is relayed to the rescue services, in turn improving the speed of the recovery by updating the position of the beacon at regular intervals.