Bounty EPIRB outlives 48 hour specsOct 31, 2012
An ACR Satellite 2 unit
The ACR Satellite 2 406 EPIRB that was turned on at 9 pm on Sunday night by the crew of the tall ship Bounty was reportedly not recovered during the rescue operation. And at the time of this writing the EPIRB is floating in the Atlantic, still transmitting. The unit has outlived its Coast Guard 48 hour at -4° F specification for operation. This is perhaps one positive outcome of the Bounty sinking: that you can trust an EPIRB (with a charged battery) to do its job of bringing rescuers to your position.
According to Mikele D'Arcangelo, Marketing Manager for ACR Electronics, Inc. and ARTEX, ACR aims for its products to outperform government specs. "ACR Electronics is in the business of saving lives and we are exacting, obsessive, serious and accurate in the engineering and manufacture of our products," D'Arcangelo said. "We design our products to outperform any regulation set for us by government agencies."