Have To Be Seen To Be Rescued (even with EPIRB coordinates!)

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/07/20/hiker-missing-since-friday-uses-mirror-to-signal-search-planes/

You still need a visual signal for rescuers to find you as shown once again by this incident in Colorado where they knew his location (GPS/EPIRB) position, yet it still took 2 days to find him! (Your head is the size of a rock on land or a coconut in the water – both nearly impossible to see.)  A signal mirror (requiring active manipulation and sunlight) saved him.  The passive/continuous See Rescue Streamer would have also been useful.

SeeRescueStreamer in Switzerland for Corporate Jets

#SeeRescueStreamer was well received in Geneva, Switzerland during the corporate jet event #ebace. It makes sense that the valuable occupants of high-end corporate jets would want the same protection that military aviators around the globe now rely on when it comes to emergency signaling on water or land. Thanks #CRS for getting the word out.

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Aviation Week & Space Technology

“See/Rescue®Streamer is a patented, compact fluorescent orange streamer that can help a downed pilot attract the attention of rescuers in the water or on land during the day or night. The device is available in pouch or holster versions and opens into a 25-ft-long, 6-in.-wide polyethylene streamer that was visible 1.3 mi. away at a search altitude of 1,500 ft. during Navy tests. The larger See/Rescue®Streamer uses the same technology but is 40 ft. long and is available in widths of 6 and 11 in. www.SeeRescueStreamer.com”

Outside Magazine coverage

SEE/RESCUE

Any Search-and-Rescue veteran will tell you that it can be impossible to spot a lost or injured soul from the air. Smoke bombs and flares are commonly flashy ways to get noticed by the higher-ups, but they tend to fizzle quickly. So forget the pyrotechnics and go with something low-tech enough to work with certitude: the SEE/RESCUE ($68-$98; www.SeeRescueStreamer.com ).  It’s an unmistakably orange polyethylene streamer that turns a capsized boater or stranded hiker into a 40-foot neon exclamation point. It has decidedly few other features, but it does float, and plastic struts keep it up from tangling – and thus becoming less visible. Packed in a handy reflective silver pouch, the boating oriented unit clips to a life vest and comes in various widths weighing from 6 to 14 ounces, depending on how risky you’re feeling. The pocket version, which is smaller at 6 inches by 25 feet and 6 ounces, suits land use and comes rolled tight in a either a holster or pouch. In either case, it’s an easy way to get noticed.  –DOUGLAS GANTENBEIN