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BEACON. A signal erected as a sea mark for the use of mariners; also, to give warning of the approach of an enemy. 1 Com. Dig. 259; 5 Com. Dig. 173.

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An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is built to exacting standards and with its own internal battery is designed to operate in the harsh marine environment for at least 48 hours.
Most modern ships have a position indicating radio beacon which, in an emergency, sends a signal to rescue services with the ship's location.
Danny told how at first the coastguards asked him to take EPIRB - emergency position indicating radio beacon - from its mounting and attempt to stop the signal.
Stan McNally, of Pensby, Wirral, has designed a prototype for a new radio beacon system for ships.
Marine accident investigators ruled that inadequate maintenance led to the failure of the trawler's emergency positioning radio beacon. It was six months overdue for replacement and a vital part had been painted over.
At 9.30pm on Sunday his Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was activated 230 miles west of Ireland.
Investigators also blamed inadequate maintenance for the failure of the trawler's emergency positioning radio beacon and issued a second safety bulletin.
The electronic position indication radio beacon has a hydro-static release which lets it break free and start sending distress signals as soon as any vessel goes under.