Pendana also caries four PLBs (Personal Location Beacons) which work in exactly the same way as EPIRBs do by sending a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is relayed via the Cospas-Sarsat global rescue satellite system.
PLBs, once activated, will transmit for a minimum of 24 hours; while the battery life on an EPIRB is at least double (a minimum of 48 hours). An EPIRB is registered to a vessel, whereas a PLB is registered to a person. This means that if you are crewing a yacht and you switch to a new yacht the plb is still correctly registered; however, if you have an EPIRB and buy a new yacht you will need to re-register it when installing in your new boat. All PLBs will be worn while Pendana is at sea. Link to a recent blog re PLBs can be found here: CLICK HERE.
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