Saving Lives and Costs: The priority for all search and rescue activities is to save lives. There are also several cost benefits with MEOSAR. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates the cost of a short-range helicopter at $10,853 per hour. If MEOSAR’s more precise location data results in a rescue taking 15 fewer minutes, that’s a savings of $2,713.
As Cospas-Sarsat moves toward the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) phase in 2016, there will be on-going changes and updates for SAR agencies. We can help you stay up-to-date with our MEOSAR newsletter by email.