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Dummy MT310 personal Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon

Date: c 2000
Overall: 155 x 66 x 25 mm, 0.08 kg
Medium: Plastic, metal, ink on sticker
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Radio beacon
Object No: 00033049
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    This dummy MT310 personal Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) represents the type of EPIRB used by some crew during the 1998 Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race. Its signal only brings a search and rescue aircraft or vessel to within a radius of 20km. Rescuers then need to search for the distressed vessel or life raft. The 1998 Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race was characterised by the use of yacht beacons rather than individual personal beacons but highlights the need for the use of both technologies.
    SignificanceAn EPIRB such as this one is vital in situations of emergencies to aid rescuers if sailors are lost overboard. The 2000 Coroner's inquiry into the 1998 Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race recommended that crews of competing yachts should each wear a personal EPIRB at all times when on deck.
    HistoryThe Sydney- Hobart Yacht Race has become a classic annual sailing event in the Australian and the international sporting calendar. The course covers a distance of 1170 kilometers starting in Sydney Harbour and finishing on the Derwent River at Hobart, Tasmania. The inaugural race was held in 1945 with RANI being the first yacht to take out the competition in the time of six days, 14 hours and 22 minutes.

    On 27 December 1998 a raging storm struck the Sydney to Hobart fleet, with 80 knot winds and mountainous seas. An emergency air/sea operation rescued 55 sailors, and 71 of 115 yachts failed to finish. 5 sank and 6 men died. A coronial inquest held in 2000 recommended a complete upgrading of safety and rescue equipment, emergency procedures and weather warnings, and set a new minimum age of 18 years for race entry. The tragedy still reverberates in sailing circles.
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    Assigned title: Dummy GME MT310 personal emergency position indicating radio beacon

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