The ABC has reported that a EPIRB or 406 distress beacon alerted rescuers to a traffic accident in a remote part of the Pilbra, Western Australia yesterday. Whilst details of the accident are sketchy, by having a distress beacon accessible in the cabin of a vehicle when travelling in remote areas, the motorist has been able to alert the Australian Search and Rescue authority that they require assistance. The full story can be found here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-04/epirb-leads-rescuers-to-crashed-driver/4407560
406 MHz distress beacons work via the proven COSPAS – SARSAT system that provides a true global distress alerting safety net, that has saved over 24 000 people since its commencement of operation in 1982 (www.Cospas-Sarsat.org). However distress beacons are not without their limitations.
If you want more information on the different distress alerting tools available, or how to get help in remote areas, then I recommend you consider my e-book – Save Our Selves – A guide to getting help in remote areas. It may just save your life!