Satellites help rescue 195 people in 2009

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NOAA's fleet of satellites played a vital role in the rescues of 195 people during life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters in 2009.

In each incident, NOAA satellites pinpointed these downed pilots, shipwrecked mariners or stranded hikers by detecting a distress signal from an emergency beacon and relaying the information to first responders on the ground.

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