Cobham Life Support, ACR Products are urging all EPIRB and PLB owners to double check the 15-character identification code.
According to a report on Madmariner.com, the signal sent from the scallop boat Lady Mary was regarded as unregistered. This led to delays in response time while the emergency center controllers waited for additional satellite passes to fix a location.
“Because this situation came to light, we are urging all beacon owners to compare their 15-character identification code printed on the beacon with the registration sticker they receive from NOAA just to ensure they both match,” said Chris Wahler, Marketing Manager for Cobham Life Support, ACR Products. “If there is a discrepancy, we urge the owner to contact NOAA immediately to correct the information.”
For full details read the MadMariner.com article linked below.