Dumped beacon activates and search leads to rubbish tip

BEACON dumped at transfer station gets activated and sends RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue off on a search.

The rescue service was contacted by AusSAR yesterday afternoon to locate a distress beacon in the vicinity of Gracemere. 

The aircrew responded and immediately picked up the signal from the distress beacon on the helicopters Becker SAR DF. (Direction Finder)

The helicopter conducted a couple of passes over Gracemere and it was soon identified that the Beacon was transmitting from the Gracemere Transfer Station.

The helicopter landed nearby and the aircrew utilised their Hand Held Homer to locate the beacon in the rubbish dump.

The GME EPIRB Model MT250C was an old beacon however still transmits on 121.5 & 243MHz. These old beacons can simply be disposed of by taking them into Battery World or handing in to your local police station.



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