Cospas-Sarsat Distress Alerts

Since its inception in 1982 the Cospas-Sarsat System has provided distress alert information which has assisted in the rescue of 35,055 persons in 9,665 distress situations.

In 2012 only, the System provided information which was used to rescue 2,029 persons in 634 distress situations. The locations of these events are depicted on the map below. 

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF ALL REPORTED SAR EVENTS
FOR WHICH COSPAS-SARSAT DATA WAS USED (2012)

 SAR Events 2012

The details for specific SAR events assisted by Cospas-Sarsat, as reported by national Administrations to the Cospas-Sarsat Secretariat, are provided in Annex C to document C/S R.007 "Cospas-Sarsat Report on System Status and Operations" availabe under our Professionals webiste under the "System Documents" section. Annex C provides both overall statistical information as well as a short description of each SAR event for which Cospas-Sarsat data was instrumental. Each alert is categorized as either :

Only Alert

Cospas-Sarsat was the only source of information provided to SAR authorities.

First Alert

Cospas-Sarsat was the first source of information provided to SAR authorities.

Supporting Data

Information provided by the Cospas-Sarsat System which was not the first or only alert, but was used in conjunction with information from other sources in the SAR operation.

Data not used in SAR

Cospas-Sarsat provided alert and/or location data which was not used by SAR services in support of the search and rescue.

 Distress Events for which Cospas-Sarsat data was provided to SAR services but not used because the necessary information had previously been provided by another source or the distress situation had already been resolved were not included in the Cospas-Sarsat summary statistics provided at Annex C to document C/S R.007.