Coast Guard pinpoints emergency transmission to retail store

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Coast Guard officials spent an hour trying to pinpoint the source of an emergency locator signal Tuesday before tracking it down to a store at Harris Harbor near downtown Juneau.

A store employee had moved an emergency position indicating radio beacon, unwittingly activating the device.

The worker had set the device upright. They're normally mounted upside down in brackets on boats so that if a vessel sinks it will float upright, activating the signal.

The Coast Guard sent a boat and ground crew out to find the source of the distress signal.

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