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NESDIS Reflects on FY 2019

This past year was a busy one for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). As we begin a new voyage around the sun, we wanted to take some time to look back at our accomplishments as we work to continue to improve the nation’s access to secure and timely global environmental data. 

NOAA Satellites Helped Rescue 421 People in 2019

On Jan. 3, 2019, a 24-foot pleasure craft with two people onboard capsized and sank approximately five miles southwest of Huntington Beach, Calif. Luckily, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) from the boat was detected by a NOAA satellite, which enabled the Coast Guard, together with the Huntington Beach Fire Department, to rescue the two individuals from the water and transport them to shore. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department then brought them to a local hospital for treatment.