ACR Electronics, a Drew Marine company, is celebrating its 60th anniversary manufacturing equipment for military forces, aviation, mariners and others by donating 20 personal locator beacons to the Boy Scouts of America Sea Scout program.
“The PLBs will be a great asset to have in our training for youth to be safe on the water. Sea Scouts, our coed teenage youth program, is all about getting youth in, on, around and under the water,” Keith Christopher, Council Services Department manager of the Sea Scouts Boating Safety Office, said in a statement.
“We are proud to be a recipient of ACR’s donation in support of our members’ safety. We know the true value of a locator beacon is priceless once someone has been rescued.”
Personal locator beacons are used in situations of grave and imminent danger. Once the person in distress pushes the emergency button on a beacon, a 406 MHz signal is sent to a series of satellites, called the Cospas-Sarsat system.
The satellites send distress messages to a mission control center that locates the closest rescue coordination center, which then dispatches a search-and-rescue crew.
ACR said it is the largest U.S. manufacturer of 406 MHz beacons.