Ocean Signal has developed the world’s most compact Category 1 (auto-deploy) Emergency Position Indicating Rescue Beacon – the SafeSea EPIRB1 Pro.

The SafeSea EPIRB1 Pro operates on the three Cospas-Sarsat satellite systems, including the new MEOSAR. Signal detection and transmission via global MEOSAR satellites and upgraded ground-station components is near-instantaneous.

The new EPIRB1 Pro is 30% smaller than other EPIRBs, has a 10-year battery life and is among the most affordable EPIRBs on the market.

The SafeSea EPIRB1 Pro releases automatically from the Category 1 Auto Deploy Bracket once submerged in water and floats free from a sinking vessel. It will then transmit the boat’s distress message to alert rescue authorities, transmitting for 48 hours to keep rescue services updated for longer.

Ocean Signal SafeSea EPIRB1 Pro communicates the location of the survivors to search and rescue services in three ways: 406MHz Cospas-Sarsat satellite system with position provided by an integrated GPS receiver; a 121.5MHz homing beacon; plus a high brightness LED strobe light to maximise visibility in low-light conditions. Once activated, the SafeSea EPIRB1 Pro transmits the position and user’s unique ID to a Rescue Coordination Centre via satellite link for transfer to the relevant local search and rescue services. When using the next-gen network the beacon will be located within five minutes and 100m 95% of the time.