The seven sailors were caught out by rough weather on August 1, causing their catamaran, Pampero, to capsize off the north of Mallaig, two miles from the Glenelg Peninsula.

Safelink EPIRBDue to the suddenness of the capsize, the sailors were unable to manually activate beacons, send a radio mayday message or release a distress flare. But happily, the automatic activation of the onboard Kannad Marine GPS EPIRB on hitting the water, resulted in a quick alert to the coastguard in Stornoway.

Kannad Marine offers a range of emergency location beacon products, including EPIRBS, PLBs (Personal Location Beacons), SARTs and AIS SRSs (Survivor Recovery Systems). The SafeLink EPIRB includes a built-in GPS receiver and a manual bracket for £464 plus VAT.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.