MAP | Search and rescue of false alarms, 2013

Accidental distress signals sent by aging emergency beacons trigger unnecessary SAR operations

CBC News Last Updated: April 1, 2014

False alarms, many from out-dated emergency beacons on recreational aircraft and boats, led to 858 unnecessary search-and-rescue operations in 2013, according to data obtained by CBC News.

The location of the false alerts are plotted below - click the map points for more information on the search-and-rescue operations triggered by these alarms.

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Source: Department of National Defence, Canadian Coast Guard / Analysis by CBC News