Republic of Cyprus
Cyprus Joint Rescue Coordination Center - JRCC Larnaca

Frequently Asked Questions




1. What is a distress radio beacon?

2. How can I improve the safety of my vessel?

3. How can I improve the safety of my aircraft?

4. How can I facilitate others to locate my position?

5. How do I report an incident?



1. What is a distress radio beacon?

It is a transmitter capable of sending distress signals to a network of satellites which in turn relays this information to the appropriate Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) around the world. The radio beacons are made of durable and waterproof plastic and are powered by special long-life lithium batteries.

Depending on the use and the activation method, different types are used:

a. Emergency Position - Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) for maritime use

b. Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) for aviation use

c. Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) for personal use (e.g. mountaineers, hunters, etc)
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2. How can I improve the safety of my vessel?

Regarding safety equipment, the regulations set by the Department of Merchant Shipping apply. As Cyprus Rescue we stress the importance of having the ability to communicate with the coast and to accurately report your position. Low cost reliable equipment can be obtained through a market survey. Moreover, it is recommended that you have an emergency plan in case anything goes wrong on your vessel.
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3. How can I improve the safety of my aircraft?

Regarding safety on aircrafts, the regulations set by the Department of Civil Aviation apply. It is also important to keep track of the issued circulars by the Department of Civil Aviation. In case of an accident try to either report the incident or remain near the position of the incident.
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4. How can I facilitate others to locate my position?

The most reliable locating method is to report your position directly to JRCC Larnaca, the Cyprus Radio or the Port & Marine Police. Report your name, your vessel’s name, your position and the nature of the danger you are facing. A member of the JRCC Larnaca will contact you as soon as possible. JRCC Larnaca and rescue vessels will continuously try to contact you for instructions thus it is crucial to keep your batteries alive for as long as possible. For this reason keep any other communications to the minimum. In case you are unable to contact anyone, try to draw the attention of nearby vessels.
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5. How do I report an incident?

Reporting an incident can be done in the following ways:

a) Using Channel 16 VHF/FM to call JRCC Larnaca, the Cyprus Radio or the Port & Marine Police.

b) Calling JRCC Larnaca on 1441

c) Calling on 112 (European Emergency Call Number)

In any case the following details should be provided:

a) Your name

b) Vessel’s name

c) Incident’s position

d) Nature of the incident (e.g. collision, engine failure, man overboard etc.)

e) The weather in the area of the incident (e.g. cloudy, wind – SW 6 beaufort, 2m waves)

f) If and how many casualties

g) Possible pollution to the environment (e.g. fuel leakage)

h) Other possible ways to contact you
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