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Search and Rescue Devices Offer Solutions to the Maritime Industry


SEBASTIAN, FL -- With an alarming number of individuals lost and missing at sea each year, most companies with marine workers are taking greater measures to ensure “due care” to protect personnel from man overboard accidents. As a result, several companies offering Maritime Survivor Location Devices (MSLD) have seen steady demand for their life-saving products.

The Sea Marshall® Man Over Board System is an immediate, locally managed rescue system that consists of two main components: an automatic, water- activated alert unit and base or receiver which communicate with each other when activated.

David Marshall, chairman and founder of UK-based Marine Rescue Technologies, Ltd., holds a number of patents and his company also provides the R&D and manufacturing for the system.

“In a man overboard situation, time is of the essence,” said Marshall.

“Traditional satellite-based rescue systems must triangulate with a minimum of two satellites, which can take up to ninety minutes to locate someone in the water. However, the SOS Sea Marshall system is automatic and will alert a vessel fifteen seconds after a man overboard incident. The rescue alerts transmit on the International Search and Rescue homing frequency which allows for additional third-party support when needed,” he added.

In addition to transmitting a homing signal, the alert’s one-meter long lanyard antenna also emits an electro-luminescent light that is night-vision goggle compatible.

As a separate entity from the UK operation, Marine Rescue Technologies, Inc. is a Florida company that provides Sea Marshall systems to a wide range of North American industries including oil & gas, diving, work boat, yachting and light aviation. Its mission is to increase awareness for marine safety and establish reseller partners for these and other vertical markets in the Americas.

“The need for marine safety is increasing dramatically, especially in the commercial markets,” said Michael Ritchie, vice president of Marine Rescue Technologies, Inc.

He added, “In the past year, significant sales have been to the commercial and leisure markets, including waterside operations which include sailboarding, dockside operations and areas subject to storm surges.”

Because of proactive safety measures being taken by many US-based companies, Ritchie expects steady growth to continue in the coming year.

For more information on Marine Rescue Technologies, Ltd. and Marine Rescue Technologies, Inc., visit

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