Using state-of-the-art electronics and a lithium battery, the McMurdo / Pains Wessex Rescue 406 EPIRB combines strength and durability with sleek styling. The result is a compact fully featured EPIRB measuring 8.25 inches in height and weighing 1.6 lbs. It comes with its own mounting bracket making it easy to fit.
The result is a fully featured EPIRB measuring just 200mm (8 inches) in height and weighing just 700g (1.6lb). It comes with its own mounting bracket making it easy to fit (Category II), or in a self enclosed / self deploying unit (Category I). Rescue 406 MHz EPIRB (.pdf)
Global distress alerting
5 year shelf life
Sleek modern styling
Small and lightweight
The SOS 406 EPIRB is a third generation satellite distress beacon designed to operate in conjunction with the COSPAS-SARSAT international satellite search and rescue system. This system locates beacons transmitting on the 406MHz frequency to within 5km (3nm). Once Search and Rescue (SAR) units are at the distress scene the beacon's 121.5MHz homing transmitter and its high intensity xenon strobe light aid final location even in poor visibility.
To date the COSPAS-SARSAT system has helped to save over 5000 lives.
When shipped the beacon is programmed with a unique serial number which must be registered with the national authorities. Where regulations allow, the beacon can be re-programmed with the vessel's satellite or radio call sign.
The SOS 406 is supplied with a quick release bracket for helm mounting (Category II). The EPIRB can be self tested while in the housing and the housing can be fitted with a Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) which makes the EPIRB automatically float free if the vessel sinks (Category I).
Once removed from its mounting bracket activation is automatic by immersion in water or manually by a protected push button on the rear of the EPIRB. An additional self-test button runs a short diagnostic check and indicates the EPIRB is ready for use.