«We were able to locate the survivors exact position because of an alert from their personal locator beacon,” said Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Murray, the flight mechanic on the case. «A PLB transmits personalized distress signals and helps us find you during a search and rescue missions. If you own a boat, the U.S. Coast Guard highly recommends this safety equipment. It can save your life as we saw firsthand.»
Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received a distress call on VHF marine radio Channel 16 from the man aboard the 28-foot catamaran, Picses, at 5:32 p.m. stating their position and boat name.