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Old 25 August 2004, 12:16   #1
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Distress Beacons

Press Notice No: dUTY 1
Monday, August 23, 2004
Posted 18:19 GMT
FALMOUTH COASTGUARD ASSIST U.S. COAST GUARD IN RESCUE OF ROWER IN U.S. WATERS

Single-handed British Ocean Rower, Mick Dawson was rescued by the United
States Coastguard from his capsized boat by the container vessel HANJIN
PHILADELPHIA, 1600 miles west of the United States.

The first indication that the rower was in difficulty came at 2.30am (British
summertime) this morning, when Falmouth Coastguard received an alert from his
distress beacon. All information known on the vessel was quickly passed to the
United States Coast Guard, Alaska, who co-ordinated the rescue and had also
picked up the distress signal. The rower will be landed in Longbeach on the 27th.

Peter Bullard, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager says,
“During a sudden capsize a properly registered distress beacon, which will activate
automatically, can be your sole lifeline. A worthwhile investment for all craft
venturing beyond sight of land”


Posted by: Julia Gosling


For further details contact:
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Duty Press Officer
Office hours: 023 8032 9401
Mobile: 07766 785675
Pager: 07693 302034
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