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GME’s MT600 saved the life of a fisherman

There's no doubt about it. Having a registered distress beacon on board means you're chances of being rescued quickly in an emergency are dramatically increased, in fact it could mean the difference between life and death.

A fisherman is lucky to be alive after spending more than 12 hours in the water in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Australia's top end last week when his boat capsized.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) launched a search and rescue operation for the fisherman after detecting his registered distress beacon - a GME MT600, at 1.20 am AEST. AMSA tasked one of its dedicated Challenger search and rescue jets to the area, which located the man’s upturned boat at 6.45 am about 75 kilometres northwest of Karumba.

Queensland Police Service, Burketown and Karumba Volunteer Marine Rescue, a Queensland Government rescue helicopter from Cairns and three additional fixed-wing aircraft were also used in the search.

The rescue helicopter located the fisherman and a volunteer marine rescue vessel retrieved him alive from the water at about 2pm. Soon after, AMSA released a statement thanking everyone involved in the search and rescue operation.

This incident, amongst many others, shows why it is critically important to own a registered distress beacon, as it could be your only lifeline when you are out at sea.

Photo courtesy of The Australian Maritime Safety Authourity

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