Offshore essential

McMurdo introduce Fast Find 220 GPS personal locator beacon

Thursday May 3rd 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

McMurdo has extended its range of emergency distress beacons with the launch of their new Fast Find 220 personal locator beacon (PLB).

The Fast Find 220 satellite PLB is a 406 MHz emergency beacon fitted with GPS as standard, enabling a typical positional accuracy of +/- 62m. The 220 also benefits from new styling, including retro reflective detailing for improved visibility in low light, a six year battery storage life and float pouch included as standard making it a must-have safety device, particularly for anyone who races offshore.

Commenting on the launch of McMurdo’s new PLB, Global Sales Director of Orolia Ltd, Ross Wilkinson said, “Our Fast Find range of PLBs are widely recognised as essential safety items by mariners all around the world from fishermen and merchant seaman to transatlantic rowers and solo round-the-world sailors, and have been instrumental in a vast number of documented rescues world-wide. In 2010 alone 2338 people were rescued globally using information provided by the COSPAS SARSAT system.

“We are excited to launch the new Fast Find 220, representing the next generation of our PLB range, with styling and usability enhancements as well as GPS as standard to offer even further peace of mind to all safety conscious sailors.”

As usual the PLB uses the 406 MHz COSPAS SARSAT system, but also transmits a 121.5MHz homing signal.

Waterproof to 10 metres and able to operate in temperatures as low as -20˚C, once activated, using a simple three-stage activation, the 220 will transmit continuously for a minimum of 24 hours at a powerful 5 watt output. The beacon is also small in size weighing just 152g and measuring D34mm x W47mm x L106mm, and features a LED flash light to assist with rescues at night or during limited visibility.

The Fast Find 220 PLB has no subscription charges and is available from £225 + VAT,with a flotation pouch (plus lanyard and universal carry pouch) included.

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