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Expanding square search (SS)

The expanding square search pattern is also most effective when the location of the search object is known with relatively good accuracy. The commence search point (CSP) for this pattern is always the datum position. The pattern then expands outward in concentric squares as shown in figure 5-2, providing nearly uniform coverage of the area […]

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Sector search (VS)

Sector searches are most effective when the position of the search object is accurately known and the search area is small. Examples of this situation include a crew member seeing another crew member fall overboard from a ship or a reported distress from a craft which provides a very accurate position. Sector searches are used […]

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On-scene Coordinator and Aircraft Coordinator

When two or more SAR facilities are working together on the same mission, it is usually advantageous if one person is assigned to coordinate the activities of all participating facilities. The SMC designates this OSC, who may be the person in charge of an SRU, ship, or aircraft participating in a search, or someone at […]

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SAR System

The SAR system, like any other system, has individual components that must work together to provide the overall service. Development of a SAR system typically involves establishment of one or more SRRs, along with capabilities to receive alerts and to coordinate and provide SAR services within each SRR. Each SRR is associated with an RCC. […]

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SAR – 1979

CHAPTER 1 | TERMS 1.1 “Shall” is used in the Annex to indicate a provision, the uniform application of which by all Parties is required in the interest of safety of life at sea. 1.2 “Should” is used in the Annex to indicate a provision, the uniform application of which by all Parties is recommended […]

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SAR – 1979

ARTICLE 5 | ENTRY INTO FORCE   1. The Convention shall enter into force 12 months after the date on which 15 States have become Parties to it in accordance with Article IV. 2. Entry into force for States which ratify, accept, approve or accede to the Convention in accordance with Article IV after the […]

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