Coast Guard honors BoatU.S. EPIRB rental program

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Search and Rescue recently honored BoatU.S. for its Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon rental program, according to a release from BoatU.S. today.

The program, which makes the $900 life-saving devices available, at cost, for $50 a week as a public service of the boating association’s Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water, has been credited with the rescue of 11 persons since May 2003, BoatU.S. said.

“We’d like to express our grateful appreciation to BoatU.S. for its dedicated efforts in improving the safety and welfare of recreational boaters throughout the world,” said Capt. Steve Sawyer, Chief, USCG Office of Search and Rescue. “The Coast Guard Search and Rescue Program, continuously seeks improved methods to avert search and rescue cases through education and prevention – the BoatU.S. EPIRB Rental Program is one initiative that directly supports this goal.”

The BoatU.S. EPIRB program is funded by the voluntary contributions of 575,000 members of BoatU.S.

For more information about renting an EPIRB, call the BoatU.S. Foundation at 888-663-7472 or visit

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