America Search And Rescue

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America Search And Rescue

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Information obtained from N.O.A.A. and U.S.C.G. Sites


COSPAS-SARSAT Rescues as of:

August 01, 2003


·            Worldwide – Over 15,000+ Persons Rescued  (since 1982)

·         United States - 4,546 Persons Rescued  (since 1982)


Number of Persons Rescued in the United States in 2003 – 113

Around the world...around the clock...NOAA proudly stands watch.  As an integral part of worldwide search and rescue, NOAA operates the Search And Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) System to locate those in distress almost anywhere in the world at anytime and in most conditions. 

The SARSAT system uses NOAA satellites in low-earth and geostationary orbits to detect and locate aviators, mariners, and land-based users in distress. The satellites relay distress signals from emergency beacons to a network of ground stations and ultimately to the U.S. Mission Control Center (USMCC) in Suitland, Maryland. The USMCC processes the distress signal and alerts the appropriate search and rescue authorities to who is in distress and, more importantly, where they are located. Truly, SARSAT takes the "search" out of search and rescue.


NOAA-SARSAT is a part of the international Cospas-Sarsat Program to which 36 nations and two independent SAR organizations belong to. To find out more about SARSAT please feel free to explore our website. We hope you enjoy your visit! 


SARSAT - A Lifeline To Survival!


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