EPIRB - false alarm?

When an EPIRB is activated, it produces a warning signal for two minutes. This indicates a pending distress call to the user. It provides the user with the possibility to de-activate the distress call in time. After this two-minute period the EPIRB starts to emit the distress call. It takes the receiving station about one to two minutes to receive the distress call, decode it and forward it.

One should keep in mind that every triggering of an EPIRB causes extensive search and rescue activities! These search and rescue activities are extremely expensive and are only stopped when the EPIRB has been found!

If an EPIRB is activated accidently, Inmarsat in London should be notified immediately. Contact:
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Inmarsat (London), Dep. NOC
+44-207-728-1616 phone,
+44-207-608-3999 FAX
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Achtung ! One should also bear in mind that the EPIRB has already transmitted the ship's position and identification, even when the distress call has been stopped.