Unfortunately, it happened last week that one of our dealers disposed of the EPIRB without deactivating the batteries. An EPIRB in a disposal centre, if the batteries are still connected, has many possibilities to activate itself, also because it presumably lacks its support and therefore humidity is sufficient on the Sea Switch contacts.
The COSPAS-SARSAT, warned of the distress signal, immediately activated the verification protocol, contacting the former owner who was obviously quite surprised by this report.
Thanks to the exquisite collaboration of the former owner, in this case it was possible to immediately establish that it was a false alarm and therefore fortunately it was not necessary to proceed with the activation of the SAR forces. But it should be remembered that the mere detection of a distress signal by the COSPAS-SARSAT, however, involves the involvement of a large number of employees and the initiation of expensive procedures. Therefore, no carelessness can be committed when disposing of the EPIRB or any emergency locator (EPIRB, PLB or ELT) and please note that reporting a false alarm may result in penalties or liability even of a judicial nature.