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#294130 - 11/09/19 05:01 AM Recent Signal Mirror Success? 3 Nov 2019 [Re: rafowell]
rafowell Offline
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Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 229
Loc: Southern California
This article (including video) credits a signal mirror for the rescue of New Zealand woman Kushila Stein adrift in the Aegean sea north of Crete this Sunday:

"Fortunately, by using a mirror to reflect light, Kushila was spotted by the Greek Coastguard and was saved after two nights adrift."

Other articles cite the signal mirror was used, but not what the rescuers actually spotted:

The New Zealand Herald said: "She also pointed the small mirror she kept in her backpack at the sun to try and attract the attention of any planes that flew over." and "She had been located 55 nautical miles off the north of Crete about midday on Sunday."
The BBC said: "Ms Stein put a red bag on her head and used a mirror to attract attention, reports say."
Yet another report said: "Whenever a plane flew overhead, she pointed a mirror toward the sun, hoping to create a flash that would attract passengers' attention. "

The Daily Mail Australia article didn't even mention the mirror.
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A signal mirror should backup a radio distress signal, like a 406 MHz PLB (ACR PLB) (Ocean Signal PLB)

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#294132 - 11/09/19 05:24 AM Re: Recent Signal Mirror Success? 3 Nov 2019 [Re: rafowell]
Phaedrus Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2666
Loc: Big Sky Country
I always make sure I have a mirror or two along! Good links.
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#296439 - 06/21/20 12:53 AM Re: Recent Signal Mirror Success - 2018-05-22 [Re: rafowell]
rafowell Offline
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Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 229
Loc: Southern California
I overlooked this rescue from May 22, 2018.

His hiking companion injured himself in the Grand Canyon,
and he used his PLB to summon help, but the helicopter
was having trouble spotting them. Per the PLB owner:

"The search and rescue team had a hard time spotting us from the air. I used a signal mirror and the pilot said that’s how they were able to locate us."

So - even if you have a PLB (and you should) the signal mirror is still a good idea!

Story here: https://www.acrartex.com/stories/tapeats-creek-arizona-usa
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A signal mirror should backup a radio distress signal, like a 406 MHz PLB (ACR PLB) (Ocean Signal PLB)

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#296440 - 06/21/20 01:01 AM Re: Signal Mirror Rescue 7/15/2015 Colorado - Gorske [Re: rafowell]
rafowell Offline
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Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 229
Loc: Southern California
Regarding the 7/15/2015 rescue of Tim Gorske:
Tim Gorske's PLB was an ACR ResQLink, not a SPOT.
He tells his story here:
https://www.acrartex.com/stories/803eae6e-706b-4b79-8cb4-8c52574f3cec
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A signal mirror should backup a radio distress signal, like a 406 MHz PLB (ACR PLB) (Ocean Signal PLB)

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#296445 - 06/22/20 07:06 PM Re: Recent Signal Mirror Success - 2018-05-22 [Re: rafowell]
TeacherRO Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2429
I have a mini 1.5 x 1.5 mirror in my kit.

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