19 June 2020

Emergency Beacon Located in Mitchell

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, 4th June, SnowyHydro SouthCare was tasked on a search operation in response to an activated search beacon. The search led SnowyHydro SouthCare to Gungahlin where the search and rescue helicopter landed at Franklin.

Eventually the search beacon was located at Mitchell Resource Management Centre.

This is the second emergency beacon located in Gungahlin this year. In March we reported on an emergency beacon located in Casey. Search Helicopter Flying Low Over Gungahlin.

This financial year, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has had over 30 confirmed cases of distress beacons being disposed of incorrectly.

Unwanted beacons can be disposed of free of charge in collection bins at Battery World stores around Australia.

Anyone selling or disposing of a registered 406MHz distress beacons should contact AMSA on 1800 406 406. The seller is required to provide the purchaser’s name, address and phone number.

For more information on disposing of unwanted distress beacons, visit AMSA.

Photo provided by Darren Greene.

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